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When we go about our day-to-day lives, it's easy to forget that we have something in common with everyone we see, from the harried businessman to the barista to the stroller-pushing mom to the children on the playground. We're all connected — as St. Louisans, as humans — threaded together by something like a baseball's essential red stitching or the loops made by clicking knitting needles. The Red Thread Project draws its inspiration from the latter. To participate in the project, community members will knit hats of all shapes, colors and sizes and bring them to Laumeier Sculpture Park in May (12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills; 314-615-5278 or, where they will attach these hats to one really long string (interconnected, see?). Once the caps are strung together, attendees will don these head-toppers and do a little jig (synchronized motion, right?), all before these hats are released from their thread to warm the heads of needy folks in our community, solidifying the ties (or hats, as it were) between us all. This weekend, the park is holding a free kickoff event for the project from 1 to 4 p.m. to get those needles clicking (no knitting experience required)! All can take part in the planned art activities, which also include mitten personalization and storytelling in addition to the hat-making. To learn more about the project, visit
Sat., April 16, 2011

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