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Reader's Exchange: Yarn, needles sought for young knitters in training

Knitting is a talent that brings years of enjoyment to people of all ages. So many knitters and crocheters in REX land use their skills to make things for people in need. Dale of St. Petersburg is one of those people, and is teaching young children to knit in order to make blankets for the Ronald McDonald House. In order to do this, they need yarn and needles of all sizes and varieties, including crochet hooks. Dale lives in St. Petersburg, but has a Sarasota phone exchange, (941) 730-0446, which you can call if you have any of these items to donate.

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Anyone updating their window treatments might be able to help this REX reader. Sue Gedert is looking for a valance from the J.C. Penney Home Collection. She says it is the pastel sea shell pattern, approximately 17 inches high and 60 inches wide, and about 5 years old. Sue can be reached via e-mail at, or by phone at (727) 869-1747.

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Fans of gospel music, get ready for a great offer. Dolores of St. Petersburg has a large number of Bill Gaither and his Homecoming singers CDs to part with. She is sure that a church group, senior residence or anyone who loves gospel will enjoy listening to them. Dolores can be reached at (727) 895-0290.

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Mike of Largo is looking for a Rainbow vacuum cleaner. It doesn't need to be in working condition. (Mike just needs the water tank part from it, as his is cracked and leaking.) He can be reached at (727) 585-6345.

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A reader who gave an e-mail address but no name is looking for an 8/Super 8mm film projector in good working condition. This person has other projectors to trade. If you can help, the e-mail address is, or you can call (727) 868-4623.

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Florence Grisi of New Port Richey is looking for straight wooden hangers. If anyone knows where she can find them, she would greatly appreciate it. She can be reached at (727) 376-3787.

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There are so many crafting projects that you never hear about until you read Reader's Exchange. Cyndi is looking for egg art supplies. Specifically, she needs an egg holder with measurements, as she has emu, ostrich and rhea eggs, base holders and other supplies for egg art. She can be reached at (727) 422-5676.

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Maybe someone out there can help Margaret Passero. She is looking for a manual for Microsoft Word and Excel. She says it can be 2003, or any year. She is unable to do certain things because she doesn't have the manual. If you can help her, e-mail her at

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Not everyone who enjoys photography has gone digital. Mrs J. Holton of Palm Harbor is counting on that, and has a Polaroid SX70 Land Camera, with the flash and the case, to give to anyone who wants it. If you're interested, please call her at (727) 785-9703.

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Reader's Exchange: Yarn, needles sought for young knitters in training 05/29/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 29, 2009 6:40pm]
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