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Category: Hooks & Needles

Hooks & Needles Pioneers Delivery


Betty Golmanavich has been a member of the Hooks & Needles group since her and Jerry transferred to the Omaha Works with the closing of the Baltimore Works in the mid eighties. Betty and a group of about 20 ladies are still making items for charities in the metro area. Last week Betty gathered up the 70 kitty blankets she had made to deliver to the Nebraska Human Society. Her husband Jerry took her there after dinner where they met Pam Wiese that accepted the kitty blankets and thanked her for the donation. Jerry was the photographer.


Submitted by Jerry and Betty Golmanavich

Hooks & Needles and Covid-19 in 2020


This year has been very difficult for the Hooks and Needles group coping with the covid-19 virus and not being able to meet once a month. The ladies in the group continue to make many different items to be donated to different organizations in the metro to help the needy. The chair of the group stated they still has over 20 members in the knitting group and plan to continue on making items for those in need.

The leader of the group said that being able to not hold their monthly meetings and turn in their items they have been working on for delivery. They held a vote and decided each of the ladies would delivering their completed items to the charties when they have a number of items ready to deliver. Nancy Domina’s husband took a picture of her when she delivered 126 scarves to the Salvation Army on December 8th. After the deliver she stopped by Betty Golmanavich’s and picked up a new supply of yarn to continue making more items.

Submitted by Nancy Domina

Hooks and Needles Keep on Ticking Each Year

“….Keeps on Ticking”

Just like a Timex Watch that….Keeps on Ticking “the same can be said for the Hooks n Needles group!”

Most months of the year our Hooks and Needles group chaired by Elaine Hobbs meets at the Baright Library in Ralston starting a 11:30 p.m. on the third Saturday the week after our monthly breakfast.

This group contributes the largest amount of our hours for community service every year in spite of the fact that the membership is slowly shrinking, but on a typical Saturday one might find about 12 – 14 members seated at tables in a square pattern and the meeting will usually open right after the coffee starts to cook.

Elaine starts with any important announcements about relevant events as well as exciting developments for the group’s interest, such as thank you notes from any of the recipients of our gifts. At some point we start show and tell in the grandest sense.

This is where everyone gets an opportunity to tell us what they have accomplished since the last gathering. A lot of this time is spent in Sharon Bailey’s corner where she displays one artistic quilt after another. Sharon gets many requests from Papillion for folks being treated for cancer. Her displays always embarrass my latchet hook kit I’ve been working on for almost two years and now approaches about the halfway point.

It’s quite amazing when you distribute the yarn and other materials at one meeting and next time they’re key ingredients for pet blanket,slippers, wheelchair saddle bags, afghans, lap robes, hats, scarves and mittens and more, all showing off the skills of these crafty people.

As if that’s not enough it seems that there are always door prizes to be given out. The climax is the opening of the snack bar created by some willing volunteers. When appropriate the Nebraska Football game will be on the radio.

Hooks and Needles truly provide warmth for the body but more so warmth of the heart. This group is amazing! 1000 Thanx to Elaine and the rest of the troops.

Submitted by Jerry Golmanavich