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September 25, 2008

Caps and connections grow from knitting group's craft

The women who meet every Monday morning at the Citizen Center have busy hands. They love to knit.

But what has been even more rewarding is that many of their finished products benefit a good cause.

They recently gathered all their creations from the past few months. The hats, scarves and toys covered the conference table that they gathered around. More full boxes were on the floor.

All the knitted items, which started from a pile of donated yarn, will be delivered to the Jimmy Fund in Boston for children going through chemotherapy and to Headstart in Haverhill to help keep local kids warm.

Betty Shea, who organizes the group of about 15, has been knitting for more than 60 years and has been knitting with the group at the Citizen Center since 1996.

The women have received many "thank-you" notes from the Jimmy Fund, saying that the children love the colorful hats.

"It's very satisfying to create something that someone could get some use out of," Shea said.

After all those years, she's happy that she has found people who she can help with the her beloved craft.

"I ran out of people in the family to knit for," Shea said, chuckling.

The knitters welcome new people who would like to join their group, which meets every Monday morning from 9 to 11 on the second floor of the Citizen center. Even if they just have a basic knowledge of knitting, Shea said members of the group will gladly share their wisdom.

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