Red Cross reaches to past for fund-raiser

NEW YORK (AP) -- A new generation can honor the past as the American Red Cross brings back its Knit Your Bit kit.
The kit, which features the tools needed to knit a pair of soft socks, originally launched during World War I and became an even more visible sign of aid and comfort to U.S. troops during World War II. The homemade socks also served a practical purpose as many American textile mills and manufacturers were tapped to produce military goods.
The 2004 version comes in a collectible tin that includes an insert with original-era poster artwork along with needles, yarn and instructions.
"With the growing popularity in knitting, especially among young adults, we saw this as an opportunity to share an interesting bit of Red Cross history with a younger generation," says Darren Irby, vice president of public relations for the American Red Cross.
Irby notes that the knitting section of the Red Cross Web site has seen a boom in traffic over the past few years with knitters seeking out historic patterns.
The Knit Your Bit kit sells for $25 with proceeds supporting the organization.
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