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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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Newborns in Need

After 37 years of crocheting and knitting I couldn't even begin to describe the amount and variety of yarn leftovers which I had accumulated.

Not being one to throw anything out which might be useful, I started searching the internet for possible resources for my very large collection of small and large bits of yarn leftovers.

I learned about an agency called Newborns in Need (www.newbornsinneed.org) based in Houston, Missouri which has local affiliates throughout the country. It was started by an incredible woman who became concerned with the many premature babies that were dying and often being buried without suitable layettes of special blankets.

The original volunteers originally focused on creating such layettes and donating them to local hospitals. Now their concerns have extended to surviving preemies and border babies living in hospitals before they can find placement within foster homes or adoption. In reading about them on their website I was impressed enough with their level of community involvement, integrity and commitment that I decided to work at turning my scraps of yarn into blankets to be donated to these children.

I'm on my fourth blanket now and once that is completed I will be making my first official donation. I used all my scraps of color to make either 4 or 6 inch squares. I then use white or other complimentary color to create borders around these colorful squares, sew these squares together, and then do a final 6-7 row border around the entire afghan, whick by now is anywhere between 36 and 48 inch square.

All sorts of yarn are used in my blanket, including Lion Brand, however, because these must be machine washable, I have to be careful and use those lion brand yarns that are not 100% wool; mostly the various Jamie Brands and Pounds of Love. However when it comes to buying the unifying color to border all the colored squares made from scrap, I use only Lion Brand's Pound of Love 100% acrylic yarn.

I have enough squares to make at least 20 more blankets. But I still have quite a bit of leftovers that are wool yarns since I use alot of wool-ease and other Lion Brand wool based yarns when making clothes for me and my husband. That's my next project.

Any suggestion, please pass it along.


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