Hats and scarfs were made to be given away

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By Melissa R. Collum 


Karen Lindh has created over 150 scarfs and hats to give to those who need them in Prairie du Chien and the surrounding areas. Her sister, Patti Bailey, assisted in gathering yarn and encouraging her sister’s desire to give back to the community. 

“Patty got me into this. I can crochet, but I can not fancy crochet. What I did was make a hat,” comments Lindh. “Pretty soon Patti is coming in with a bag of yarn. I went from there and kept using the yarn. Pretty soon another bag came in.” 

The project began during COVID times. “We were trying to find things for the Main Street program to do as activities. I thought, I know - I will ask my sister to knit and crotchet,” states Bailey. Lindh reflected on how the project progressed  from the initial ask by her sister to create something with yarn. “You know we did not go very far [during COVID],” reflects Lindh. “I just sat at night, while I was watching T.V. and crocheted. Pretty soon there was one box and then another full of hats and scarfs.”

Lindh was not fussy about the yarn.  “All at once I just started and kept going. It did not matter if it was a thick or thin yarn. No matter what yarn it was I just put them together to make the color schemes. I have from baby to grown ups both  men’s and women’s sizes.” The variety of colors and textures the hats encompass is astounding.

Baily and Lindh plan to distribute the hats and scarfs to the surrounding communities. Owing to the fact this is part of a Driftless Development project they are going to try and distribute to the communities that are a part of the Driftless region. “We are going to start with the distributions just prior to the Prairie du Chien Christmas parade on December 2,” states Bailey. “We want to hit where they are more people. The goal is to keep them up for the week and then take them down and give them to the schools.” Family members are going help with the sorting and distribution. The current plan is to distribute to Eastman, Ferryville, Gays Mills, Seneca, and Wauzeka-Steuben. When asked about leaving the items out in inclement weather Bailey comments “Well they are going to get wet anyway, but we don’t want to leave them out too long.” 

A small tag is placed on each item stating that the hat or scarf is for the taking. The sisters plan to attach the items to light poles, benches, and other common areas so that anyone that needs on can take one. “We don’t want anyone to be self-conscious about taking one. They are for everyone,” remarks Bailey. 

When asked if she is going to continue with the project after this distribution, Lindh said with a smile, “ “I will continue. It gives me something to do at night. I was going to try to make mittens, but it is difficult. It would also be good to get donations of yarn.” Donations can me dropped off at the Prairie du Chien Memorial library or the Courier Press office.

Lindh’s demeanor and modesty about the project does not reflect the impact the project will have on people in need. “This is my way of being able to do something for the community. This is my was of contributing,” offers Lindh.


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