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A local group knits hats, gloves and scarves to leave in the community



DES MOINES, Iowa – Winter is fast approaching in Iowa, and a group of local artisans are spreading the heat, one scarf and one hat at a time.

On Saturday morning, the group gathered at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park to distribute hand-made, cold-weather knits to anyone in need. The group collects and creates knitwear all year round. Their goal is to distribute the items before the temperature drops.

The organizer says anyone who catches an item will also discover a message on the tag.

“We did it another time in 2019,” said organizer Jen Geigley. “We left them on benches, we left them sitting in all areas, especially outside the library and in high traffic areas where people walk. There is a little tag on each that says “I am not lost”. How this little hat is not lost. It’s made for you to have. If you are cold, take it. This is how we spread our love of hand knitting.

The group also donated hats, scarves and gloves to the Central Iowa Shelter and Services and the Bidwell Riverside Center.

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