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Dodge puts top pastime to use making shawls

Bears she gives to children, some of whom suffer with health issues, were shown by Delores “Mick” Dodge Wednesday. Dodge enjoys knitting and crocheting at her Town of Trimbelle home. (Herald photo by Bill Kirk)

Delores “Mick” Dodge really enjoys knitting and crocheting.

So when she attended a Sunday School event and heard talk about a prayer shawl project, she wanted to know more, Dodge said Wednesday. Despite her being a member of Ellsworth’s Bethel Covenant Church and the effort being done at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Ellsworth at the time, she was invited to participate.

That was eight years ago, she said. Since then, she has made over 300 prayer shawls.

The now-87-year-old said she had been one in a group of nine-to-12 shawl makers at St. Paul’s until last year, when she quit. After that, she brought the project to Bethel.

“I’m the only one at Bethel who knits,” she said, understanding there are also prayer shawl enthusiasts at English Lutheran and Zion Covenant churches in Ellsworth.

Most of her shawls go to elderly people, according to Dodge. She remembered one went to an older man who was having hip surgery. Another was given to a younger man who broke his neck in an accident.

While she favors solid colors over stripes for the shawls, some of her first ones featured the stripes and men are usually the recipients for these.

“You have to use up the yarn you have left,” she said to explain why the striped version appears among her collection (“Red Heart” is her favorite brand of yarn). As for the solid-color type, grays and greens are generally made with men in mind, and she envisions white ones for “little old ladies.”

For more please read the March 12 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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