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Thursday, October 14, 2010

ST. LAWRENCE DEANERY — Wool and cotton handcrafts made by women of the Peruvian cooperative Artesania Pachamama (Earth Mother) will be on sale again this year, Friday, Oct. 29, noon-5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in Regina Hall at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse, 5900 Delhi Rd., Cincinnati.

The crafters create hand-knitted alpaca wool and pima cotton sweaters of many designs. The knitters live in Manazo, Puno, one of the poorest areas in Peru. The money they earn from the sale of their items enables the women to help support their families and carry on the work of the cooperative. Their children by their side, the women of Artesania Pachamama knit gloves, hats and purses as well as sweaters.

Goods also will be sold at the Hyde Park Senior Center, 2800 Erie Ave., Hyde Park on Sun., Oct. 31, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Information: 513-321-6421.

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