Grand Junction’s Tangle needs knitters to make helmet liners for soldiers overseas |

Grand Junction’s Tangle needs knitters to make helmet liners for soldiers overseas

Brittany Markert
Tangle — located at 525 Main St., in Grand Junction — provides a free pattern and a 10-percent discount to knitters interested in making a helmet liner for soldiers overseas. A hand-written note is placed on each hat sent to troops overseas saying "Hand knit with love from Colorado."
Brittany Markert / | Free Press


WHAT: Tangle

WHEN: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: 525 Main St., Grand Junction

COST: $10 for skein of yarn

INFO:, 970-243-1088

Tangle, a downtown Grand Junction yarn-supply store, needs volunteers. It’s currently looking to fulfill an order of helmet liners for troops in Afghanistan. Those interested in making a hat are encouraged to visit the store to purchase a specific shade of brown or gray wool yarn made by Cascade Yarns. One ball of yarn costs about $10 after discount and makes two hats from a pattern provided. A 10-percent discount is provided with each yard purchase for the project.

Since 2009, Tangle volunteers have made more than 3,000 helmet liners for troops overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“We want to keep them warm, which is what knitters are best at,” said Allison Blevins, co-owner of Tangle, located at 525 Main St., in Grand Junction.

The concept came from an employee, Carrie Fleming, who packages the hats and sends them overseas.

“When you think about it, people have been knitting for soldiers since the World Wars,” said Christina Caspari, co-owner of Tangle. “It’s a great thing for us to be able to support them while we are here and let them know that someone cares about them.”

Not into knitting? Blevins added that volunteers can also sponsor a knitter by donating $10. Tangle will then find a knitter to make the hats.

“It’s an honor to be able to help,” Blevins said. “I know it means a lot to them.”

Tangle has received cards and photos from thankful soldiers throughout the years.

“I can’t imagine being overseas,” Blevins said. “We put on the hat tags ‘Hand knit with love from Colorado’ to let them know we appreciate what they do.”

The store is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit or call 970-243-1088.

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