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Homeless find solace in yarn work

Program intertwines knitting and crocheting in a surprising sort of therapy

At left, volunteer Pauline Edmonds gave Doc Kay a hand in a knitting and crocheting group at the Barbara McInnis House in Boston’s South End. Above, Ina Kelley, who has lived in boxes in alleys, garages, and train stations. “Being stressed, depressed with being homeless on the streets, it helps with your mind,’’ she said of working on a blanket. At left, volunteer Pauline Edmonds gave Doc Kay a hand in a knitting and crocheting group at the Barbara McInnis House in Boston’s South End. Above, Ina Kelley, who has lived in boxes in alleys, garages, and train stations. “Being stressed, depressed with being homeless on the streets, it helps with your mind,’’ she said of working on a blanket. (Photos By John Blanding/Globe Staff)
By Milton J. Valencia
Globe Staff / December 27, 2009

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Hers was purple, pink, and green with ruffled edges. Ina Kelley had to show off the shawl she crocheted for a daughter, because after a year of living between homeless shelters and the streets, it’s one of the only things she truly had. (Full article: 937 words)

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