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Get Ready, Get Knitting!

Published: February 9, 2009

A couple months ago, we asked Saturday Evening Post magazine readers who knit or crochet for charity to send in a description and photo of their latest projects. And wow! What an inspiring response! So far, we’ve heard from generous souls in 21 states who, for years (sometimes decades), have been comforting babies, cancer survivors, soldiers, and others facing difficult situations around the world. It’s Living Well times two! The craftspeople enjoy companionship and the joy of giving. The recipients are warmed inside and out by caring thoughts, blankets, hats, mittens, socks, sweaters, toys, and prayer shawls.

I’m ready to get knitting, are you? Call one friend or form a group! Pick up an instruction book or learn from a pro. Local hospitals and charities may provide yarn or check out garage sales and secondhand stores for discounted supplies.

For project ideas call local social service groups and search online. Favorite causes of the groups pictured here include Knit for Kids, The Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse, and Warm Up America. What’s yours?

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  • jill greer

    i would like a crochet pattern for the prayer shawls also. This would be a wonderful addition to our sew-a-thons we already hold at my church.

  • Mickie Veach

    Can you put me in touch with someone who has a crochet pattern for these prayer shawls?