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Reader has yearning for yarn in any color

It's winter in Florida, and apparently knitters' thoughts turn to plying their needles before the weather turns warmer.

Denise, who crochets lap robes for veterans and nursing homes, needs yarn of any kind and color. She may be reached by phone at (727) 796-6464 or by e-mail (

Mildred Obolsky of Largo, part of a knitting team, has gleaned yarn through the column in the past and needs to renew the group's raw materials. The ladies knit for a hospice, Menorah Manor, Masonic Homes, Wright's Nursing Home and Morton Plant nursery.

Mildred's letter left out her phone number, so if you have a yarn donation, please send us a brief note that mentions her name and contains your name and phone number. We'll mail responses to Mildred.

And here's a bit of Reader Exchange serendipity: Louise Hinton happens to have a very large bag of three-ply and four-ply yarn she wishes to pass along to knitters and crocheters. Phone her at (352) 686-8480 or e-mail

Louise has a further request that will help us segue into commodities apart from yarn. If you can use a Smith Corona XD4900 word-processing typewriter, she has one to give away. One small catch: The manual is lost.

Aleda McConnell of Pinellas Park has a lot of 45 rpm records she would like to transfer to casette, but to do so she will need to borrow a record player that plays 45s. If you will lend her yours, she'll even donate the records to you after the recording session. Aleda's number is (727) 578-9914.

Most of our readers are undoubtedly animal lovers who will be pleased to know they can assist some nice folks who rescue dogs and cats without homes. PAWS of Hillsborough County needs new cat litter, unopened dog/puppy and cat/kitten food, new pet toys, collars, leashes, halters, stainless steel bowls, kennels (wire, in all sizes), outdoor runs, kennel beds or plastic toddler beds. All donations are tax-deductible, and any help will be greatly appreciated. Please call (813) 655-7297.

Sally Crabtree of Clearwater needs help with three things. First, does anyone know where to purchase Peychaud's Bitters in this area? Second, do you have any British and/or German International Santas you would be willing to part with? Third, Sally needs to replace a soup bowl from her set of Franciscan ware Starburst pattern. Please send responses to Sally in care of this column.

If you are a rug hooker in need of inspiration, you may find it in the assortment of Rug Hooking magazines, from 1981 to 1995, offered free by Inge Spatuzzi of Clearwater. Inge's number is (727) 442-4463.

Ronald Berry of St. Petersburg hopes that the two out-of-print novels he is trying to locate for a friend may be gathering dust on your bookshelves. The books are His Family by Ernest Poole (1918) and The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson (1924). Ronald may be reached at (727) 327-3603.

Jean Hoagland would like to give away a new white swimming pool fence. Her number is (727) 524-0146.

Send requests to Reader Exchange, Newsfeatures, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg 33731 or e-mail Requests will be accepted only by mail or e-mail. This is an exchange column, so we will not run items that are for sale.