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Knitted And Crocheted Hats For Syrian Refugees

A Texas Group Offers A Helping Hand To Syrians Reaching Newfoundland and Labrador

More and more Syrian refugees are expected to arrive in Newfoundland and Labrador. Given the chillier climate, their need for warm clothes might be quite high.

This is what a group of passionate knitters from Texas thought when hearing about the new refugees to be welcomed north of the US border.

The knitting group usually gathers at the Bee Cave Public Library, and their knitting project initiative was embraced by many others. Inspired by another similar knitting project, they decided to run a little announcement in a local newspaper.

They were also interviewed for the CBC Radio’s St. John’s Morning Show, and from there things took off.

The immediate result was an enthusiastic response from fellow knitters in the Austin area. A knitting event was organized, during which, for two hours, the participants knitted or crocheted wool hats.

When the event was over, the group managed to amass enough hats for an entire month’s goal.

The 40 participants at the event, along with other contributors, made 500 hats. Some were sent to Montreal, while the rest were sent to Newfoundland.

Two thirds of them were for children, while the rest for adults. Apparently this happened because a local ad mentioning children’s hats. Since many of the refugees are children, this little mishap was, eventually, all for the best.

One of the best things about the knitting project, says Cate Sweeney, one of the people in charge of the event, is that the hats are very different. Because each participant had the freedom to knit or crochet as they like, the results were varied and beautiful.

Some of the contributors sent the hats they made to the Bee Cave Library. Local churches also became involved, so the final number of participants to the project was over 100.

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