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Caring and Sharing

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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Happy Hookers

We began as a group of about 6 women who were interested in crocheting for the benefit of a local hospice. We crocheted laprobes for patients when they would be in wheelchairs, or as cover whenever they needed it. As we grew in numbers, we also had knitters join the group. We were able to handmake many laprobes, ponchos, chemo caps, baby booties and caps. As we were able to complete our individual projects we were able to give laprobes to cancer patients, and included preemies in the neonatal intensive care at a hospital. I am sure we have completed and given away at least 80 - 100 laprobes. We found that we could make laprobes and baby blankets out of fleece, and this has been an excellent project for those who, for whatever reason cannot crochet or knit. We have never advertised in the local newspaper, but have been considering it.

What I haven't yet told you is that we have been encouraging and guiding women in an assisted living facility to crochet and knit with us. This has been a truly mutual blessing. We meet once a week in a lovely setting and crochet and knit for several hours. The yarn has been donated by many people, and naturally Lion Brand yarn is included.

So many of our patterns for chemo caps have come from Lion Brand free patterns from the Newsletter! Cannot thank you enough for the encouragement we have received from reading your articles about other volunteer groups. It is a wonderful feeling to know we are helping others, and to hear from the recipients how much they appreciate someone making something just for them.

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