Knit-In for the Troops

Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 by LibraryAdministration

As a part of the forthcoming Silicon Valley Reads 2013 theme “Invisible Wounds of War”, a Knit/Crochet-In is being hosted by the Los Altos Library.

Date: Thursday, January 17th
Time: 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Where: Los Altos Library

Join other knitters at the library while they make needed items for active duty servicepersons, wounded veterans, and families affected by war. Items created or begun at the Knit-In will be sent to selected charities. 

Knitting for soldiers is an established American tradition. Men marched off to Revolutionary War battles wearing hand knit stockings. Sewing circles of young women focused on knitting bandages for Civil War hospitals, and many a helmet liner came from American needles during both World Wars. Currently, the United States has more than 200,000 troops deployed overseas where they may be subjected to subzero wind chills during the winter and extreme heat in the summer. Our troops appreciate the handmade items that bring comfort in challenging environments. Here at home, handcrafted lap blankets can warm the body and soul of a wounded veteran who may be confined to a wheelchair or with limited mobility.

If you knit or crochet, consider joining us at the Los Altos Library while we make special gifts for those who serve, or those who have served. The Library will send items to the following charities:

Please check the websites above for guidelines, and bring your pattern, needles, and yarn. Completed projects will be collected for up to one month following the Knit-In.

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