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Monday, October 10, 2016


Linda Voss Plummer knits Myrna Stahman's Vortexscarf pattern in 
two different shades of green. 
Around Plummer's neck is 
Stahman's Leaves scarf pattern 
in pink.
WELLSBORO—Young people and adults who love to knit, want to give it a try or just want to watch are invited to attend the first event in a worldwide knitting project of community understanding and outreach by Myrna A. I. Stahman of Boise, Idaho.
The inaugural event, led by Linda Voss Plummer of Galeton, will be on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro.

Knitters who participate will receive two complementary sets of scarf patterns as well as cards to attach to the scarves they choose to make. The cards read: “When difficult times ensue, it is amazing what a hug can do. Although I cannot be by your side, a knitted hug is what I can provide.”

“Myrna and I are hoping that each knitter at the Gmeiner will make a scarf for someone who has experienced loss or needs a hug,” Plummer said.

Knitters are asked to bring at least 200 yards of worsted weight or lighter and smooth yarn and needles appropriate to that weight of yarn. Needed are donations of yarn and needles.

At 2 p.m., knitters will be given copies of the scarf patterns. "Those familiar with knitting will get a good start on a scarf. We can always do a follow-up for those who need more help," said Plummer.

Completed scarves will be mailed to individuals or communities in need or knitters are welcome to distribute them on their own.

Plummer has knitted for 62 years, taught knitting for more than 40 years and designed patterns for 20 years.

This die-hard knitter had never met Stahman. “I became aware of Myrna after she designed two Seaman-style lace knit scarves in memory of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who was murdered in Wyoming in 1998. I was living in Pittsburgh in 2000 and held Matt workshops featuring those scarves for an Aids organization,” Plummer said.

This year, after the June 12 murder of 49 patrons at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Plummer wrote Stahman and asked if she would design a scarf to help end the hurt in the world.

In response, Stahman designed two collections of three patterns each that she described as “Different, Yet Much the Same.” The End-to-End Lace Scarf Collection includes Vortex, Leaves and Harmony & Depth. The Beautifully Simple Lace Collection – One-Row Lace Scarves includes Patience, Forbearance and Acceptance.

As with her earlier designs, Stahman is donating her patterns to knitters with the request that they offer their help, hope, and hearts to make the world a better place.

Citing the brutal murders of people worldwide, Stahman is asking knitters to “join together to help ease those heartaches by knitting and giving scarves to survivors and family and friends of victims."

Stahman views a scarf as a knitted hug. "Show your acceptance of our differences by giving many of these knitted hugs to individuals who need encouragement, sunshine, color, and warmth in their lives. May the acts of knitting and giving, whether individually or in concert with others, foster understanding and healing."

For more information about the knitting project, email

Linda Voss Plummer knits Myrna 
Stahman's Vortexscarf pattern in 
two different shades of green. 
Around Plummer's neck is 
Stahman's Leaves scarf pattern 
in pink.

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