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Hudson Caring Crocheters: blanket deal

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by Sunny Layne

HUDSON (KWWL) -- For years, a group of ladies has gathered to play cards at Hudson City Hall. But just recently they've traded those playing cards in for crochet hooks. You could call it a "blanket deal."

The Hudson Caring Crocheters are all people you should know.

You don't hear a lot of noise in the basement of Hudson City Hall. But don't let that fool you. Crochet hooks work at a rapid rate.

"You know you're helping somebody," crocheter Pat Littrel said.

Last winter, Pat Littrel and her friend traded in a deck of cards for a ball of yarn.

"Last year we had such a bad winter, we were all confined," Littrel said. "I couldn't do anything because of my illness, so I decided to make afghans for my family."

And in those freezing winter months, The Hudson Caring Crocheters came to life.

"I know Iowa Hospice Home was in need, and Iowa Veterans home was in need," she said. 

Littrel got eight of her card-playing friends to dip into their crocheting talents.

"I crocheted since I was about 10 or 11," crocheter Margureite Ingamells said, "and when you do something for somebody like this, well it makes you feel good, so you just continue doing it."

To date, The Hudson Caring Crocheters have warmed more than 160 patients with hand-made afghans at hospices and Veterans Homes.

"If you realize most of them are confined to one room, and if you look at that same room, and especially if it's in the hospital or Vet's home, it's not the most cheerful, you know," Littrel said. "So we try to make them colorful besides keeping them warm."

This crew selects each part of the afghans with care.

"Picking out colors that go together and using different patterns and being with people," crocheter Marry Bixby said. "I just like to crochet."

"As long as I can keep on doing it, I'll keep on crocheting," Ingamells said.

Who would've known something that started during the bitter cold of winter would bring so many such warmth.

The Hudson caring crocheters accept donations at Hudson City Hall.

Online Reporter: Sunny Layne

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