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While so many of us love making things for ourselves and our families, many in the Lion community go further, creating for those in need. Join us in this section and be touched by these true stories of caring and sharing submitted by Lion Brand readers.

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CLOSE KNIT HUGS

Watching the news from the Gulf States this fall, I knew I had to do something which would help those persons whose lives were devestated by the hurricanes. Remembering the knitting my grandmother and mother did for the Red Cross during WWII, I decided I could do something similar. But I wanted to involve as many people as possible; I also wanted to target community members who , perhaps, couldn't afford monetary donations--I live in an area which has many citizens who live paycheck to paycheck or who are on fixed incomes. I also had boxes of yarn leftover from larger projects--sweaters, booties, hats, afghans. Knitters always save that leftover yarn--it cannot be wasted! I remembered knitting squares while a Girl Scout and decided I could piece as many squares as possible together using leftover yarn to create blankets to send to people struggling to rebuild their lives. These blankets could become their new "heirlooms" because so many had lost their cherished family possessions. I sent out an email to my workplace, all my friends and family requesting the squares, asking that they forward the email. My cousin , a graphic artist, got involved; we created a web site, downloadable templates, instructions and information, listed our group with the Lion brand Charity Connection, and before long, I began receiving squares and yarn donations from all over the state and country. So far, we have sent 16 blankets to shelters in the Gulf States. It takes thirty-five squares to make one blanket. Though the squares are made from yarn from leftover projects, many of the yarn donations carry labels that read--Lion Brand. School principals have contacted me;a 98-year-old woman in St. Louis sent me crocheted squares, and my mother took up knitting again and lo and behold has discovered her arthritic hands are moving better! I have new friends from all over the country, and Close Knit Hugs has become a community project that stretches the bounds of our community from coast to coast. We have a goal of fifty new blankets by April 2006! And I would love to see a package one day that comes from Canada or Australia or anywhere internationally. This knitting project makes all of us at Close Knit Hugs feel we are helping our neighbors. We are impacting the victims of the hurricanes, and we are impacting our own lives as we piece, knit or crochet each square.


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