Local woman helped by crocheting now crochets to help others

Sunday, September 8, 2019
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Emily Roe has offered her crochet hook to those who might need a warm hat for winter. Roe turned to crocheting a couple of years ago to help her deal with struggles in her life. Now she is trying to help others.

With temperatures back in the 90s this week, winter hats were the last thing on most everyone’s mind. Everyone, that is, except Emily Roe.

The Glendive resident decided to take her love for crocheting and desire to help to Facebook this week, offering to make winter hats for those in need.

“I know what it’s like to struggle. I know what’s it’s like to be that mom that think ‘winter is coming and now they need hats and boots and gloves and all the winter stuff.’ It gets expensive and I didn’t want to watch anybody struggle like that,” she said.

Roe’s post got some traction in the area and reached as far as the National Honor Society advisor in Poplar. She told Roe there is a real need in her community for cold weather gear and in response the Poplar NHS sponsors a hat and mitten drive every year. She wondered if Roe would be willing to donate to that.

“I realized what their need was probably more than I could put out,” she said.

But that didn’t discourage her. She reached out to fellow crocheters on a Facebook page she follows and asked if they would like to help. The response was overwhelming.

“I’ve got 50 gals, they’re all sending me at least one hat. We’re going to make it happen,” she said.

As for the local need, Roe already has orders for six hats, ranging from infant sized to adult, so far.

Each hat she makes is unique in color and design. She can produce a hat a day.

Although she learned some basic crocheting from her mom when she was a child, it wasn’t until two years ago that Roe decided to pick up crocheting as a hobby.

As a person who has struggled with anxiety and depression much of her life, she was looking for something to help her through those tough times.

“It was just kind of a simple, keep your mind busy, keep your hand engaged thing,” she said.

Roe was a single mom at the time and thought crocheting would be a good way to provide her children with what they needed for winter gear. Her children include a 9-year-old son and daughters who are 6 and almost 3.

Most of what she has learned about the hobby has been self-taught with the help of the internet and crochet books.

Although her focus is hats right now, she has made several large projects including bigger blankets and her most challenging project, a shawl. She said the pattern was poorly written, but she was determined to make it happen. A month and a half of what she says was “torture” went into the project she is now proud to wear.

How you can help

Roe is taking donations to help keep in supplies. She has had a few people contact her about donating yarn, which she will gladly take, as well as monetary donations to purchase what she needs to keep the hats coming.

She also welcomes other local crocheters to join the cause.

Anyone who wants to make hats to donate should message her through her personal Facebook page “Emily Ann Roe.”

For now, she is enjoying seeing her act of kindness take hold.

“I was kinda in tears yesterday when I realized this has just gotten huge. This is great,” she said. “I’m blown away at how big it’s getting and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.”

Reach Jamie Ausk Crisafulli at rreditor@rangerreview.com .

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