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A red, white and blue beanie commemorates Vera Robbins' 1,000th beanie made over the course of the last eight years. Robbins has been making the beanies for soldiers serving overseas.

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Beanies warm heads of US troops

Since 2004, Vera Robbins has crocheted more than 1,000 beanies, which have been sent off in batches of 40 to Iraq and Afghanistan.

MILTON-FREEWATER - It takes Vera Robbins about two hours to crochet a beanie, something a machine could do in a matter of minutes.But those machine-made beanies would lack a key element to the beanies Robbins gives to U.S. troops to keep their heads warm

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