Knitting for the Troops

Putting all politics aside regarding the war in Iraq, I think we all are united in our desire to support our troops in any way we can. To that end, I began sniffing around the Web, looking for organizations that will distribute knitted items to those serving us abroad.

I finally came up with While they distribute mostly sewn items, when I contacted the group closest to my area, they were very receptive to the donation of knitted items.

I’m making stump covers for amputees, cast covers to keep toes warm and wrist sleeves to cover IV sites. has patterns for several medically oriented items.

I’m sure there is a host of other items that we can develop. I’d urge you, if you have the notion, to look into doing this type of knitting as a twist on the more traditional types of charity knitting, such a preemie hats and chemo caps. We never know what comfort we can spread!

Putting all politics aside regarding the war in Iraq, I think we all are united in our desire to support our troops in any way we can.

Very true! Thanks for the links and the motivational post. :thumbsup:

My husband’s an Iraq vet, so I’ll ask him what kinds of knitted stuff he would have liked while out there. Keep in mind that in the desert, it’s 130° in the shade on some days, so warm stuff might not be in the best interest. Personally, I’d make washcloths with their names on it or something, because they always lose stuff. Also, the guys are in an extreme state of patriotism out there, so anything about home is big.

Anyways, I’ll ask my DH when he gets home and see what he thinks, and I’ll let you know.

doesn’t the desert get really cold at night though?

At the knit-in I attended last night women were knitting helmet warmers for the troops. :slight_smile: I think it’s a great cause.

my hubs is there now for the 3rd time. it’s already gotten hot, but the idea of washcloths is a really good idea!!! I think they would all enjoy some comforts from home!

Well, I asked DH, and he said, “It’s a really nice thought…but it doesn’t really work.” It’s really too hot in the desert for anything knitted. Nice idea though. He says space is at a premium so honestly, there’s not a lot that knitters can do (with yarn and needles, anyways). However, there are LOTS of other ways to support the troops. Sending cards and small care packages with tastes, sights, and smells of home, even anonymously, is a huge thing to almost every soldier serving abroad. And a hallmark card takes a LOT less time than a knitted helmet cozy.

One thing that Mrs. Bear suggested was something for the veterans. People who have lost limbs and such end up coming home, and even those who don’t lose a physical part of their body often end up coming home feeling like they amputated a part of their soul. Those in the reserves or those who are discharged after they come home can often feel disenchanted and ignored. If you really want to knit in support of the troops, contact your local VA and see if there’s anything that they need you to do. There are lots of young veterans, my husband included, at home these days with a myriad of serious issues. Luckily, we’re dealing with it better than we did 40 years ago with Vietnam, however there’s still a huge lack of understanding and awareness that veterans are faced with every day.

Good luck!

Can you tell me how to get a pattern for helmet warmers? I would like to try this.Thanks

There’s also Prayer Cloths for the military.

My bf’s on his third deployment too, though he might be coming back earlier on account of a broken knee.
I made him a prayer cloth before he left. And since he was told that it got cold out there at night, he insisted on taking one of my light crocheted throws to keep warm.

Helmet pattern--

Troops patterns–

My original idea was knitting for the injured soldiers, rather than for the troops at large. (Not that they don’t deserve it!)

After seeing the stories about the poor care some vets are getting and seeing the trauma units at the battlefront, I was moved to do something.

I found, which distributes adaptive clothing for the wounded - pants with one leg made larger to accomodate casts and such, for example. When soldiers are in transport from the battlefield to hospitals in Europe, they are in large cargo type planes. They might get cold there, or need a cover for an amputated limb or an IV site. They have some information at their site about what is needed.

My basic thought was show them we care. This is just one way - I’m sure we can all find a path to what we feel helps best.

I recieved this at my blog, from Bev, of Bev’s Country Cottage

[color=green]"bevq said…
This is great =) I also support our troops no matter where they are serving,

One of the things our soldiers LOVE to be able to do is to hand out handmade items, like warm hats, socks, mittens, blankets and such to the refugees and the locals who are in desperate need. It boosts everyone’s morale.

If you would like to help make things for the soldiers to hand out in Afghanistan, you can do that here:

They still need warm clothes till mid-late April. After that I figure we can focus on dolls, bears, and other snuggly toys.

BevQ "[/color]

I thought the idea of a knitted toy to pass out to a child was wonderful, plus all the other possibilities.

Thanks to everyone for their input.