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Needles and hooks to support the U.S. troops

By Danielle Paine

Reminder Assistant Editor

GRANBY The women of the "In Stitches" knitting group are using needles and hooks to do their part supporting U.S. troops in the Middle East.

From their base at the Granby Public Library, the knitters are rallying support from the community in the form of wool donations and fellow knitters to help craft hand-made helmet liners. Similar to a ski mask, the pure wool liners fit snug against a soldier's face better than military-issued liners which are made of synthetic fiber.

"I know they've been knitting socks and slippers for the troops but this was something different that caught my eye," said Jeanne Crosby, who is heading the project.

For those who lack the skill to make a liner on their own, the group is also seeking donations of 100 percent worsted wool in black, tan, brown and olive drab. One skein (about 175 yards) will make a one liner, Crosby explained, and costs about $5.

Patterns for the project are available at the library and online at "In Stitches" will be working on the project during their regular meetings of beginner and experienced knitters held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

"I'm hoping to get as many as possible by March when we will send them out," Crosby said.

So far, they have gotten a lot of positive feedback from the community, Crosby said. She added that even a 92-year-old woman, who no longer attends the group, will be joining them in their stitching efforts.

For more information, or to donated call Jeanne Crosby at 467-3320.