Wow! In May, we received a shipment from St. Paul Lutheran School in Fairmount, Minn. with a total of 96 handmade items! Amazing! Thank you so much for thinking of our group and the lives we touch.


At our May meet-up, we received 19 hats, 1 shawl and 1 blanket.

In memory of JoAnna Keocher, we enjoyed eating her favorite chocolate bar from Canada.

When we hear from friends about folks in their lives battling cancer, we like to send them with a few things from Team Yarn to spread comfort and hope.

This spring, we sent four hats, 2 shawls and a blanket with Arlette for her sister and others.

Juli's neighbor was blessed with a shawl and three hats (so she has some choices when it comes to head coverings).

And Gonne walked away from Amy's car with an armful of shawls/blankets for Peter Wohler's family, a local pastor with cancer. We know that it can be pretty tough to have a family member with cancer, and so we like to make sure spouses and kids have a piece of comfort, as well.

"Thank you so much," Allison Stratton told us when we dropped off 88 items at Southdale Hospital on April 23, 2018. She praised the creativity, uniqueness and quality of the 70 hats, 8 scarves, 3 blankets, 3 cowls, and 2 shawls. Plus, this batch of donations included 2 fiddlemuffs - items great for fiddling with during a cancer treatment.

See more about Southdale here.

JoAnna with her mom Bernice
In April 2018, we didn't meet up because Team Member JoAnna Keocher's funeral was on Saturday, April 14, the day of the huge spring snow storm in Minnesota. But we did receive a box in the mail with handmade items from Jen R. with 12 hats, a teddy bear and 7 scarves!

We will all dearly miss JoAnna, the woman who made hats for others while being treated for her own cancer. She left us suddenly on Easter morning when we were all hopeful she was getting better. Her smile and bright attitude in the face of her own struggle inspired us all. She is not forgotten.

More about JoAnna. 

JoAnna G. Keocher, age 42 of North Branch passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Fairview Lakes Regional Medical Center in Wyoming.

JoAnna was born on July 16, 1975 in Forest Lake to parents Millard “Sam” and Bernice (Slater) Fynboh. She attended schools in North Branch and graduated in 1993. She married Brian Keocher on September 16, 1996 in McGregor, Minnesota. JoAnna worked in the office at Wyoming Machine for several years. She loved scrapbooking, being a Dance Mom to her daughter, Samantha and she was very involved with Team Yarn in Blaine knitting hats for cancer patients.

JoAnna is survived by her husband, Brian, daughter, Samantha; mother, Bernice Foster of Amery, WI and her sister, Susan (Bruce) Parks of Wilsall, MT and special friends, Troy and Laurie Franklin of North Branch. She is preceded in death by her father, Millard “Sam” Fynboh. 

 Look at our happy faces! Attending a warm and friendly Team Yarn meet-up is a wonderful way to spend a few hours on a Sunday. We received 15 total items in March.