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Old 06-23-2010, 11:07 PM   #1
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Knitting for the troops
Hi,
My knitting group that meets every week is ready to take on a new project, and I suggested that we knit something for the soldiers. Does anyone have a link, or any suggestions? I've heard that helmet liners might be useful. Anything you can share would be much appreciated.

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Old 06-24-2010, 10:28 AM   #2
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Hi Jan!

There's actually a thread under the Charity Knitting section. You can find it here http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=89429
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Thanks so much, Melanie. Guess I never noticed the charity
section before! Appreciate it~

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When I made one, which you can see HERE, I got the pattern free from Patternworks with purchase of the particular yarn which could be used for them. Then I sent the finished one back to them and they sent them all on to the organization which distributes them to the troops.

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Your helmet liner looks great, and the color looks like it would work for over there too! Thanks, Mary Grace



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I make hats and scarves every year for the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, believe it or not, it gets pretty cold over there. Send them in Sept/Oct so they are sent by Xmas. Go to Operationgratitude.com for the address and info. It's a big site, but worth muddling through it.
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Catlvr, thanks for the link. The mailing address will come in handy.
I think it's great that you take the time to make them.

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Another idea is knitting slippers - there is an organization called Operation Toasty Toes - they have some websites, just google toasty toes. These are easy garter stitch slippers. I have made many of them, also for myself and just about everyone I know. Good bed slippers on cold nights.
I just made one of the helmet liners and it turned out pretty well. They prefer all wool for those and Patons Classic Merino Wool is a good choice as it is very soft.
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I made a helmet liner for one of the charity knitting events at my local knit shoppe. Turned out well. The helmet liners are a quick project, at least once you get past all the ribbing. An easy pattern to follow.
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Thanks, Borealowl! I googled toasty toes, and here is the link for
anyone who is interested:

http://www.operationtoastytoes.org/patterns.html

Lots of patterns. I had never heard of them before. Thanks for taking the time to let me know.

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