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Her love for knitting weaves a pattern of giving
Mona Donahue, 73, hasnt let a diagnosis of Parkinsons dementia five years ago stop her from knitting and helping others.
Earlier this year, Donahue ran across an article in Guidepost magazine titled Knit with Love about the Knit for Kids program that donates homemade knitted sweaters for needy children all around the world.
In June, Donahue started knitting, and she hasnt stopped yet.
She is currently working on her 12th sweater, a small dark gray sweater that she will send to New York along with the last three she has made.
It gives me a sense of accomplishment, Donahue said.
Although she has had to give up sewing with the advancement of Parkinsons, Donahue said knitting is no more difficult for her.
A lot of people just sit, said her husband, Curt Donahue. I dont think they realize they could still do a lot of their activities.
Mona Donahue has been knitting for her family since she was a little girl, and is making these sweaters out of yarn she has stored up over the years.
I didnt know how much yarn I had stashed away through the years, she said. I havent bought any, I bought all this years ago.
Each day she knits for two to three hours, sometimes more when she cant sleep at night. Mona figures she has enough yarn for about two more sweaters. Then she has a new plan.
When she no longer has enough yarn for sweaters, she is going to switch to making beanies for soldiers to wear under their helmets, Curt said.
Knit for Kids is a program that started just over 10 years ago. Since its formation in 1996, the program has donated more than 400,000 sweaters.
The Web site www.knitforkids.org has the patterns available to download for anyone interested in knitting or crocheting a sweater, which is where Mona Donahue got her patterns from.
I think its great, Curt said. I am really proud of her wanting to do something. She knits things for love.
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