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Calling all knitters for a community project

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Knitters of all ages are invited to the fourth annual Knit-a-Thon at Community of Christ Church, 2880 B 1/2 Road, Jan. 4 and 5.If you're new to the craft, there will be someone there to get you started.Artist Naomi Barlow was given a carload of yarn a few years ago, and came up with the idea of knitting or crocheting - as a community - hats, booties and blankets for infants born at St. Mary's Hospital. Larger hats are also sewn for people staying at the homeless shelter."We have tons of yarn," Barlow said. "People can come with their own knitting needles and crochet hooks. If you don't have those, I have extra" that people can use.The weekend retreat draws several out-of-towners, and starts Friday evening with several kids' activities, Barlow said. People from out of town camp out at the church.Community knitting starts Saturday at 10 a.m."I have looms available for everybody," Barlow said. "Even if you've never knitted before - we had kids as young as 4 (last year) making hats on the loom."There are plenty of people there to teach. Ages 4 to 90 come and knit."Some people come with bags of items they made at home. Last year, the event produced about 200 hats for newborns, including premature infants at St. Mary's. For more information, contact Barlow at 970-623-1455.

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