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When I decided to learn to knit in January of 2016, I was interested in making easy, practical items for several charities.  One of them was Knit Your Bit for the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.  All of the information is here:

http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/knit-your-bit/how-to-participate.html

In addition to information, there are patterns on this site to use to both knit and crochet scarves.  I knew from my daughter’s experiences from past years that red, white and blue scarves were very popular and that is what I’ve been making.

Recently, though, on the Knit Your Bit Facebook page, I found a pattern for a scarf that has the colors and designs of a National Defense Service Medal.  This medal is a decoration presented to recognize all military members who have served in active duty during a declared “national emergency”.  It is an easy garter stitch striped scarf and interesting with the addition of bright yellow.

To find this pattern, go to the Knit Your Bits Facebook page and search for National Defense Service Stripe Scarf to get the free pattern for a scarf 6 inches wide x 71 inches long, knitted in worsted yarn with size 9 or 10 needles.  Nice item to donate to the museum’s program or to give to your favorite veteran.

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Last Christmas, I asked my younger daughter (an experienced and avid knitter) to gift me with a box of knitting supplies so I could try once again to knit and make some useful items for one of the many charities she supports.  She gave me a wonderful package of instructions, needles, markers and a good supply of red, white and blue yarn.  The yarn was specifically for Knit-Your-Bit, a program at the National WWII Museum in New Orleanshttp://www.nww2m.com/2016/09/knit-your-bit-celebrates-10-years-50000-scarves-for-veterans/

They collect hand-knit scarves for veterans and one event I especially admire is the gift of a scarf to each veteran who comes to the museum on November 11.  My first projects were scarves for this cause …

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…and I later made some in different colors ….

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My daughter usually makes one scarf a month for this cause and a week or so ago packaged up all of the scarves we had made this year and shipped them to the museum.  Imagine my delight when a picture appeared on their Facebook page showing a gentleman holding one of my scarves!

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A close-up of the tag that’s on the scarf reveals that it was part of our large group of scarves – how amazing is that?

I love thinking that a veteran will be wearing one of our scarves or one of the hundreds that have been donated from across the country.

http://www.nww2m.com/2016/09/knit-your-bit-celebrates-10-years-50000-scarves-for-veterans/

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After receiving a gift pack of knitting supplies for Christmas, I tried knitting again after unsuccessful attempts three or four times in my life (the last time about 30 years ago).  Thanks to my younger daughter’s help, You-Tube tutorials and circular needles, I have learned to knit and actually complete some simple items.

I made preemie/newborn hats for http://www.touchinglittlelives.org/.  I’ll be sending mine to a hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

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The Baby Bear Hat, shown above, is shown on Ravelry.com, an excellent source for free patterns.
I also made a pair of booties for the newborn/preemies.  The pattern for these can be found at http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bevs-baby-set1.html.  I did these two-at-a-time on circular needles.

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I started making headbands/ear warmers for the Special Olympics in Arkansas.  These are not collected until the fall, so I’ll have time to make a lot more.  The colors for Arkansas are red and white.  http://www.specialolympicsarkansas.org/.

I used a basic pattern found at http://devinlikestoknit.wordpress.com  and made the center part different on each one, in one case using an easy Fair Isle design.

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I also began making nests for rescued wildlife baby and injured animals/birds.  https://www.facebook.com/wildliferescuenests/

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For personal use, I made a neck scarf .  This is from a free pattern on Ravelry.com, called La Neckerchief.

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…..and a shawlette for a friend who won’t complain about any mistakes she sees.  It turned out shorter than I expected and my older daughter added a crocheted edging which I thought improved it a lot.

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I also made two Valentine mug warmers for my two daughters.  Instead of putting them on mugs, I wrapped them around half-pint Mason jars, filled with candy.

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I may not always have this much to show – there were a lot of small items and I was extra-enthusiastic about my new hobby, but I hope to have a few things made for charity, at least, each month.


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I’ve tried knitting in the past without success and without one finished object, but have been looking for another hobby since my quilting is limited now because of back problems to small wall hangings and similar projects.  My younger daughter is an expert knitter and keeps me well supplied with socks, scarves, hats, mittens and beautiful shawls….two of the most recent ones…

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From past experience, I didn’t feel I could ever make such beautiful things, but I was inspired by her work for various charities and hoped I might be able to make some of these simple items.  For Christmas, I asked her for some very general knitting supplies to get started and she gave me a wonderful reproduction bag from WW II England filled with yarn, needles, patterns and instructions.

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The bag commemorates all of the knitting the women of Great Britain did during the war.  The Women’s Volunteer Service pin is actually one from the era, which my daughter ordered from England.

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The day after Christmas, I started reading through the instructions, checking out the online links (YouTube is great), and started a child’s scarf.  During the month of January, I completed four children’s scarves for Scarf It Up in Northern Kentucky.  They collect scarves for underprivileged/homeless adults and children….

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…and three adult scarves for Knit Your Bit.  This group collects adult scarves starting in September that they hand out on Veteran’s Day to vets visiting the National World  War II Museum in New Orleans.  Red, white and blue scarves are the most popular.

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Amazingly, I’m able to relax and knit comfortably and, even better, I actually complete what I started.  Thank you, daughter, for a wonderful gift and a new obsession.