The Dayton Knitting
Guild maintains three community service projects: Click
here to dowload a printable PDF set of patterns.
Warm Up the Community
Evans and Judy Banks, Co-Chairs. Caps, earwarmers,mittens and scarves
are knitted by our members, and distributed through
various organizations to keep heads, ears, hands and
hearts warm during the winter months.
Chairman. Lap robes, knitted by our members, are collected
at the meetings and delivered to the Veteran's Hospital.
Materials used for these items are acrylic fibers and
any colorful design. Crocheted items are welcomed also.
Size should measure about 36" x 42" and ties
may be added for wheelchair purposes.
Other items that we collect to give to the veteran's
include motel soaps, shampoos, note pads, pencils, small
toothpastes, nonalcoholic after shave, socks and hankies.
Newman, Chairman. Members knit machine washable and
dryer safe preemie hats for the Miani Valley Hospital's
Neo-natal center. The hospital needs at least 50 hats
U.S. troops stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo,
and South Korea, as well as many parts of the United
States, are exposed to winds and bitter cold during
the winter months. Riding in open trucks and humvees,
they often encounter sub-zero wind chills. The military
head gear issued to our troops is made of synthetic
material which is not as warm as wool. Just as in WWI
and WWII, volunteers are needed to make these wool caps
for our troops. The wool head covering which can be
worn under the Kevlar helmet provides warmth to the
head and neck but does not restrict vision.
According to Dr. Richard H. Garretson, M.D., Crossroads
Community Hospital, Mt. Vernon, Illinois, approximately
30 percent of a person's body heat loss is through the
head. It is important to keep the head warm, so the
body temperature stays up. The brain controls everything
else in the body, the ability to think and act as well
as the ability for the body to maintain a particular
One way to increase the comfort level of our troops
in cold climates is to provide knitted/crocheted wool
caps, or "wooly pulleys" to them. "The cap
is definitely warm. It has certainly been a help, or
should I say warmth." said Corporal Juan M. Perez, Jr.,
who is stationed in Iraq.
The patterns are available at
www.geocities.com/helmetliner. If you have any questions,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or P.O. Box 236, Auburn, IL 62615. Completed helmetliners
may be sent to Helmetliner, P.O. Box 236, Auburn, IL
62615, where they will be sent directly to our troops.
Donations to help defray shipping costs may be made
payable to Helmetliner and sent to
the address above.