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This Jan. 8, 2020 photo provided by Jackie Maisey shows Grey-headed Flying Fox bats prepared for a feeding at the Uralla, Australia, home of Maisey, a volunteer with Northern Tableands Wildlife Carers. The bats are swaddled in flannel wraps similar to those being made by thousands of crafters worldwide who are using their sewing, knitting and crocheting skills to make items for wildlife injured in the Australian brush fires. Some animal rescue groups, however, say monetary donations are needed more. (Jackie Maisey via AP)

Crafting for critters: Australian fires prompt global effort

Jan. 15, 2020 4:18 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Kyla Gill had never so much as touched a sewing machine or picked up a crochet hook two weeks ago. Now, she’s hooked on crafting for critters 10,000 miles (16,000 km) away, to the point of temporarily putting aside her floor refinishing business in Pittsburgh. “I do hard...

In this Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 photo, Robin Carmody knits at the at the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce in Deadwood, S.D. Carmody generally uses 13 and 15 sized knitting needles, worsted yarn, and knits with two yarns together to craft her creations. (Robin Carmody/Black Hills Pioneer via AP)

South Dakota woman knits scarves for vets, blankets for kids

Jan. 13, 2020 1:01 AM EST

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — Each and every wrap and stitch Robin Carmody put in to 24, 5-foot by 8-inch hand-knit scarves over the last eight months turned into a Christmas “purl” to be opened and enjoyed by veterans in Oregon. “Besides the fact that I joined my friend (Jean Allen) in...

Volunteers turn plastic bags into comfort for homeless

Nov. 28, 2019 12:05 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — It's called plarn, a word that's a mash up of plastic and yarn. And it's made from those ubiquitous grocery bags that seem to proliferate in kitchen cabinets and drawers. On Thursday (Nov. 21) at the Jewish Educational Alliance about a dozen women gathered to first make plarn and then...