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Knitting to it
Publication Kane County Chronicle
Date June 22, 2006
Section(s) Local News



Is your cap feeling a little snug?

If so, Neil Edmondson has the perfect hat for you. It is bound to cover your whole head - and most of your body.

Edmondson and his wife, Lesley, own Wool and Co./Simple Gifts in Geneva. The couple on Wednesday gave area knitters the chance to work on what they billed as "the biggest hat in Illinois" as part of Swedish Days.

"It's at least 60 inches around," Neil Edmondson said. "We need to find a head to fit in it."

The store started the hat last year, and it still is not done.

"Eventually, it is going to be huge," Edmondson said.

Wednesday's Knit Out had been planned for the front lawn of the Kane County Courthouse but was moved to the Geneva History Center because of threatening weather.

Showing that knitting is not just for grandmothers, Annie Blankenship, 13, of St. Charles, was among those taking a crack at the hat.

"I like it as a hobby," Annie said of knitting.

Sitting next to her was the person who taught her how to knit, Bell-Graham fifth-grade teacher Janet Hornbostel.

"Our whole class knits," Hornbostel said. "Their creative juices begin to flow, and it teaches them social skills."

The students use their knitting skills to give back to the community. They make scarves and afghans for Alzheimer's patients and various organizations.

Last year, they sold their wares and raised $1,400 to support Sudden Infant Death Syndrome research.

During the Knit Out, Angela Smith of Streamwood captured the fastest-knitter title. Smith was the first of four contestants to finish four rows of knitting.

"I love yarn and seeing what comes out of it as it grows," Smith said. "I do a lot of prayer shawls. It's very meditative."

Edmondson said he was impressed by Smith's quickness.

"Her fingers were blazing," he said. "We didn't time it, but she was fast."

For capturing the title, the store gave her an afghan kit and a shawl kit.

"That will keep me busy for a couple of weeks," Smith said, laughing.


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