Judy Boss of the Castleton Community Senior Centers' Knitters' Network, of Castleton, Vermont and Mary Lee Harris, the owner of Stitchy Women, a yarn shop located at 144 Main St. in Poultney are working together to educate, promote and solicit contributions to the Helmet Liner Project for our American troops that were deployed to Iraq and will soon be deployed to Afghanistan.
Mary Lee has continuously provided discounted yarn and knitting needles as well as paying the shipping and handling costs from the supplier. The helmet liners must be made with specific, washable, dryable wool which is costly. These helmet liners are a necessity in keeping our brave and courageous soldiers warm in arctic conditions that must be endured on a daily basis.
There are no motels or heated cabins to provide warmth for Vermont troops, but a helmet liner-which can be worn with or without the helmet-goes a long way in providing comfort to our men and women in combat who put their lives on the line every day to protect all our American citizens.
Mary Lee from Stitchy Women and Judy Boss from the Knitters Network were instrumental in setting up an exhibit in front of Stitchy Women on Memorial Day which included knitters making helmet liners and Mary Lee's ten year-old granddaughter, Emily Fleming, who was knitting pocket dolls.
Visit Stitchy Women or contact Judy Boss at 468-3403 to find out what a pocket doll is and see how you can help the women reach the goal of 1,600 helmet liners needed for men and women being deployed from Rutland County at the end of this year. One quarter of the liners will be given specifically to the 86th Green Mountain Infantry Brigade, who will be serving in the coldest parts of the areas to which they will be deployed.
Anyone willing to knit will be provided the yarn, needles and instructions to complete the helmet liner.
The only cost to you is your time and generosity. If you cannot knit, monetary donations for yarn, needles or shipping and handling costs when the helmet liners are sent to our troops will go a long way to help this project and keep our fathers, mothers, sons, daughters and every soldier warm this coming winter.
Poultney Chamber of Commerce donated $100 as well as other chamber members adding to the donation jar on the counter of Stitchy Women.
The fundraising event on May 25 netted an additional $150. Help fill the jar and others being placed in area businesses or at events around our area over the next several months.
Stitchy Women is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Thursday evening, beginning at 6 p.m. anyone is welcome to join the friends of Stitchy Women and knit, share stories or have a cup of coffee.
The Castleton Community Senior Center's knitters meet the second and forth Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. If you are not comfortable in knitting these helmet liners but can knit and purl, perhaps you could knit the 6 inches of ribbing and someone else will finish the helmet liner.