In the highlands of Peru, sheep are shorn. Their fleece is milled, spun into yarn and exported to a Seattle distributor, which ships the yarn across the continent to a knitting shop on North Fayette Street in Alexandria, where it is purchased in 220-yard skeins by a Navy captain's wife and her fellow knitters of Northern Virginia, who box the skeins into care packages and mail them 10 time zones away to a NATO hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Kandahar's Combat Knitters use yarn and needles as weapons of self-preservation
By Dan ZakThursday, March 10, 2011
Attn: Combat Knitters.
LINK TO REST OF THE WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE