Marie Noplos/Daily Journal: The Scandinavian Knitting Group: Peggy Lien, left, Yvonne Marts, Marlene Noack, Goloria Nilson, Margaret Brenden, Marjorie Hanson, Judy Nims and Beverly Satre hold up a hand-knitted blanket they made from the wool from sheep that are pasture mates with the infamous goat, Curly.

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Knitting group keeps heritage alive

Published 11:21am Friday, September 14, 2012

Dedicated to keeping their heritage alive, the Scandinavian Knitting Group of Heim Kringla Lodge in Fergus Falls has spent hours upon hours on their latest fundraising project.

With all the publicity that Curly the goat made in the news, owner Karen Aakre had a good idea for these talented ladies.

“She thought it would be a good idea to make a blanket knitted out of the wool from Curly’s pasture mates,” said Gloria Nilson, member of the group. The wool was given to the ladies to start this unique project.

“Each square is 13 inches-by-13-inches in size and each (is) different and unique,” said Peggy Lien. “Everyone in the group contributed at least one square and some of us did several.”

A lot of hours and bonding went into the unique queen-size blanket, with each knit bring the tradition of knitting back to the area.

“Each square took different amounts of time,” Lien. “We had many different skill levels working on this project, which made it so special.”

“The nice thing about this was not only did we get to spend time together, but we also were able to learn and teach different skills,” Nilson added.

Now that the project individual pieces have been blocked (steam pressed down to same size), crocheted and put together, the group plans on selling raffle tickets for the blanket, with the proceeds going to the Sons of Norway.

“The money will be used to provide good Scandinavian heritage programs and … teaching in the schools and for Sons of Norway programs,” said Nilson.

The blanket will be raffled off at the Dec. 3 meeting at the YMCA.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Scandinavian Knitting Group or who would like to become a member, may call Gloria Nilson at 218-736-2116.

The blanket will be on display at Nordic Galleri in downtown Fergus Falls and tickets will also be sold there and at and during the knitting group’s membership dinner on Oct. 1, at the YMCA Community Room.

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