I wanted to share a new project that I started yesterday, that I thought was quite appropriate for the 4th of July celebrations. What? A new project without finishing the other one first? That never happens! ;-)
You’ve seen me post about the organization called American Hero Quilts, who donate homemade quilts to wounded soldiers who come to Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma, WA.
Well, if quilting isn’t your thing, then I want to let you know about another opportunity to help. The Yarn Shoppe, a local business here in the Boise area, is working to make knitted “helmet liners” for The Idaho National Guard’s deployment early this fall. According to their website:
We are continuing our call for knitters to help make helmet liners for the Idaho National Guard's deployment early this fall. The 116th Brigade from Idaho , Montana , and Oregon is shipping out to Iraq in September. There are about 1500 Idaho soldiers and 1200 from Montana and Oregon involved. We are helping this effort by distributing patterns, discounting the wool yarn needed, and providing a drop off point for the helmets.
These caps are used to help keep the soldiers warm in the winter and can also be soaked with water to keep heads cooler in the summer under the military helmets.
These caps MUST be knitted from 100% wool for safety (acrylic yarns can melt in a fire or explosion) and MUST be in medium to dark earth tone colors (black, grey, browns, tans or greens).
I stopped by their store yesterday afternoon and got a new pair of circular knitting needles and two hanks of the approved wool blend yarn. I started on the pattern last night after dinner and I completed the ribbing before the dogs started going crazy over the fireworks noise. I’ve never knitted in the round before, which is what this pattern calls for, so I’m learning a new skill, too.
Fast knitters can probably complete a cap in 4 hours, and, depending on your gauge, one hank of yarn will make 2 caps.
Please consider making a helmet liner, or recruiting someone to do so. Visit The Yarn Shoppe’s website to find out more information.
This is one small way to let those who give so much for our great country know we care and think about them daily.