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Crochet or knit a helmet liner for our troops

Yes, you read the headline right!

There is a local movement on to crochet (or knit) helmet liners for our troops. A local group is meeting here at the Senior Center (in the dommunity centeron Hot Springs Boulevard). This is a great opportunity for mothers, wives and sweethearts to do something for our troops.

The headgear our military issues are usually made of synthetic fibers or blends and our troops in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo are still cold. The liners should be made of a soft six-ounce 100-percent wool worsted weight yarn to keep them warm. Accepted colors are tan, brown, olive, gray and black (black is preferred). Size is adultlarge.

Not knowing the first thing about crocheting, the notes below are all Greek to me and I’m taking the information off of a flyer that was given me. All Rights Reserved by Skein Lane, 7512 Fairmount Ave., El Cerrito, CA 94530. and can only be used for the purpose of providing helmet liners for to our service personnel. However, www.skeinlane.com and www.geocities.com/helmetliner given as websites for the originators of this information do not appear to be current and cannot be found by Google search.

You can contact Eagle Mountain Mercantile, P.O. Box 1800, Pagosa Springs, CO for more information or call Laura Haynes (731-9900). The e-mail address is: laura@eaglemountainmerc.com. Eagle Mountain will collect the helmet liners and send them on to our troops. They also have information on the knitted version, which some Internet information says is more suitable for our troops.

You can also do a Google Internet search for Crochet (or knitted) Helmet Liners and come up with all kinds of websites and additional crochet and knit information, explanations, and pictures.

The completed helmet liner fits over the head and can cover the mouth, chin and neck, with a seven-inch horizontal slit to see through.

Crochet notes

The liners are made in rounds — that is, do not join and do not turn. Use Size K and H hooks.

Round 1 — Form a ring around your finger, work 6 sc in ring.

Round 2 — 2 scs in next 6 sts (12 sts).

Round 3 — (sc in next st, 2 scs in next st) 6 times (24 sts).

Round 4 — (sc in next 2 sts, 2 scs in next st) 6 times (24 sts).

Round 5 — (sc in next 3 sts, 2 scs in next st) 6 times (30 sts).

Round 6 — (sc in next 4 sts, 2 scs in next st) 6 times (36 sts).

Round 7 — (sc in next 5 sts, 2 scs in next st) 6 times (42 sts).

Round 8 — (sc in next 6 sts, 2 scs in next st) 6 times (48 sts).

Round 9 — (sc in next 7 sts, 2 scs in next st) 6 times (54 sts).

Round 10 — (sc in next 8 sts, 2 scs in next st) 6 times (60 sts).

Round 11 — (sc in next 9 sts, 2 scs in next st) 6 times (66 sts).

Round 12 — (sc in next 10 sts, 2 scs in next st) 6 times (72 sts).

Work over 72 sts until piece measures 7 inches.

Chain 22, skip 20 sts, continue working around until piece measures 10 more inches.

Fasten off and weave in ends. Attach yarn anywhere in face hole and sc around with H hook. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

There you go. You never know what you are going to read in “Veterans Corner.”.

DAV vans

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization is running a VAHC van from Durango on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call Mike Dunaway, 247-2198, and from the Farmington area on Mondays and Wednesdays, call Harriet Mulnix, (505) 793-1782.

Durango VA Clinic

The Durango VA Outpatient Clinic is located at 1970 E. 3rd Ave. Durango, CO 81301 (the old Mercy Medical Center). Phone number is 247-2214.

Further information

For information on these and other veterans’ benefits, please call or stop by the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office located at the Senior Center in the Pagosa Springs Community Center on Hot Springs Blvd. The office number is 264-4013, the fax number is 264-4014, cell number is 946-6648, and e-mail is afautheree@archuletacounty.org. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bring your DD Form 214 (Discharge) for application for VA programs, and for filing in the VSO office.