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Knitting Group Continues to Create Items For Charity

Photo by Scott McCloskey – A small group of local women who unofficially refer to themselves as “Ladies of the Knit,” enjoying knitting near Wheeling’s Heritage Port. Included in the group are: (from left clockwise) Connie Schuler, Cathay Rohrig, Linda Contraguerro-Knollinger, Cathy Medovic, Lenora Turbanic, Beverly West, and LeAnn Turbanic.

WHEELING — A small group of local women who unofficially refer to themselves as “Ladies of the Knit,” continue to meet and create items for charity in the midst of the pandemic.

This past Thursday, the knitting group sat in lawn chairs overlooking the Ohio River near Wheeling’s Heritage Port, while knitting and crocheting a variety of colorful clothing items.

Wheeling resident and group member Lenora Turbanic said they typically meet two days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) either in a large sitting room at the nearby Wheeling Coffee & Spice shop on 14th Street or outside along Wheeling’s waterfront where they can set up a circle of lawn chairs and socialize in more pleasant weather.

“Since the pandemic, we came out here so we can socially distance,” Turbanic explained. It’s quiet and it’s peaceful,” she added.

Turbanic said the knitting group originated more than a decade ago when a couple of them began knitting at a bookstore in Warwood. She said they eventually moved to a church basement, then eventually to the coffee shop.

While each member (some of them are related) make a variety of knitted items for their families and friends, a lot of what they create is donated to area charities such as: West Virginia University Cancer Institute, Liza’s Place Care Center, area homeless shelters and area VA hospitals.

“We do prayer shawls, hats, and gloves,” Turbanic said. She said it gives the ladies a chance to get out and socialize and “do some good” for charity.

Wheeling resident Cathy Medovic said not only is it a rewarding experience — they often count on one another for support.

“We count on each other. There’s been times where one of us needed help … and one of us will help the other,” Medovic explained, as she knitted a colorful prayer shawl. “We really do look out for each other,” she added.

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