The third successful season for “Hugs from Home,” a local project to send handmade afghans to a designated unit of the U.S. military stationed in Afghanistan — this year, Marines, was completed.
In addition to the dedicated women — and men — who have knitted or crocheted afghans over the past three years, 10 members of the Foothills Fiber Fanatics, a knitting and craft group, decided to pitch in.
They met at Lofty Lou’s in Placerville to select coordinating yarns to knit a patchwork afghan complete with an American flag at its center. Their creation is now on its way to Afghanistan with a thank-you card expressing the knitters’ appreciation.
The goal of the Hugs from Home/Afghans for Soldiers project is to let recipients know that “if they’re feeling homesick or lonely they can wrap themselves up in their afghan and feel like they’ve been hugged,” in the words of founder Barbara Lemma.
The project welcomes interested knitters and crocheters as well as donations of yarn (darker colors are best) and financial contributions to help pay for yarn and overseas shipping.
For information or to help contact Lemma at 530-647-9241.