The members of the Knit-Wits, a social knitting and crochet group from St. James Episcopal Church, are challenging themselves to knit and crochet at least 300 wool caps by November for troops from the Capital Region. These caps will be distributed to the men and women of the Army National Guard to be deployed this fall to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Those interested in participating in this challenge can knit or crochet a cap and donate it to the group, or donate 100 percent wool worsted weight yarn so that members of the group can create it into caps.
The group members will be dispatching the first package with as many caps as they can knit or crochet by the end of September, followed by trips in October and November to deliver the rest of the caps before the men and women are deployed. Officials at the National Guard base will distribute the caps to the lowest ranking soldiers first and then progress up through the ranks.
Those who seek to knit caps with the group can obtain patterns by contacting St. James’ Episcopal Church, at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 668-2001.
On most Tuesdays at 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., the group meets to knit, crochet and socialize at Cafe Vero in Lake George on Canada St. across from the post office.
Karen Sandburg of the Knit-Wits said the group will be appreciative of all the help they get.
“The men and women in the armed services really love that touch of home,” she said.