Never Having Lost the Art of Knitting

March 6, 2013
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Senior Citizen volunteers Barbara Terminiello and Collette Grant have knit up a storm with other volunteers over the last few years at the Rossetti-Cowan’s knitting group. Last week, they donated more than 75 hand-made blankets to a homeless organization.

Senior Citizen volunteers Barbara Terminiello and Collette Grant have knit up a storm with other volunteers over the last few years at the Rossetti-Cowan’s knitting group. Last week, they donated more than 75 hand-made blankets to a homeless organization.

Knitting was once a lost art, but has recently gathered increased popularity, and the Revere Senior Center’s knitting group is full on into the activity – donating some 75 hand-knit blankets to charity this past week.

“This is such a wonderful and heartfelt gift and something made with your own hands,” said Alycia Dell’Orfano of Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, which is based in Lynn. “This is something so beneficial that the children can feel the warmth of and will certainly give comfort to them in a tough situation.”

For the past couple of years, more than 60 female volunteers at the Senior Center have gotten together on Thursdays to knit blankets and other items. Relying on donated yarn and the incessant work of the dedicated volunteers, the program has been able to meet the needs of numerous organizations.

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless is just the latest recipient, and Dell’Orfano said that each blanket will be placed on the bed when a new child enters one of their shelters in Lynn, Brockton or Boston.

In addition, the group has also donated items to Annemark Nursing Home, Lighthouse Nursing Home, Eastpointe Nursing Home and the New England Medical Center’s Neonatal Unit.

“The group is very giving,” said Lois Diamond, a coordinator at the Senior Center. “We have a lot of people working on this and we’re always looking for yarn donations so we can do more. We do a lot and this group has been doing this four or five years now.”

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