Knitting groups help out needy

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Special to the Journal

Merrimack has been the home to several knitting-crochet groups over the past five years.

The women who are members of the St. John Neumann and Our Lady of Mercy groups meet once a week, creating beautiful handmade items that are distributed among the needy in the area.

The two groups have been making prayer shawls, or wraps made by hand for those in need of comfort or to help commemorate special occasions.

In addition, the ladies in the groups have made other items to service the needy including chemotherapy caps, warmth hats and scarves for the homeless, helmet liners for our military serving overseas, baby blankets, sweaters and hats given to our local hospitals, and most recently at St. John Neumann’s hat and mitten sets, which will be given out during the Thanksgiving basket drive.

The ladies love to share patterns and ideas. A couple of years ago, Mary Pelrine submitted a crochet pattern to the Shawl Ministry website, She was inspired to create the pattern after Merrimack lost two young people, Laura Wolf and Tim Gibson in tragic events. Recently, her pattern, Mary’s Hug Shawl, was chosen to be published in the latest of a series of books titled “The Crocheted Prayer Shawl Companion,” by Janet Bristow and Victoria a. Cole-Galo. The book contains crocheted shawl patterns as well as heartfelt stories.

The St. John Neumann group meets every Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. Our Lady of Mercy meets Fridays from noon-2 p.m.

Submitted by Mary Pelrine.

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