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16 March 2014

Community Crochet

Love in a blanket

A few months ago
 I had the privilege of organising
 a wonderful community crochet project
 with some of the wonderful ladies on Instagram.

 There is such a special family feel
between our crafty friends on Instagram
we chat daily
share our crochet love
swap tips
delight in each others projects 
and encourage.

Back in the winter
 when one of our friends was diagnosed with breast cancer
 two of us secretly
 set up a community crochet project to make her a blanket.
 The aim was to make a
 Blanket of Love
 to support her through the months of Chemotherapy she has to face.

So with much secret emailing
my friend did tons of organsing and
 I set up instructions for the crochet along
 and yarn
and the project was launched

this was such a special time
receiving daily photos in my inbox
of luscious squares
from 100 ladies all around the world

I could see with great excitement
 the blanket unfolding before my eyes

we all made squares the same size
in a range of 6 colours
the design of each square being the choice of the maker

we had solids and grannies

hearts full of love

butterflies owls hedgehogs toadstools
buttons and charms

and the most amazing range of 3D flowers

what a priviledge I had
opening so much happy mail
day after day
we kept the postman busy

my job was to edge all the squares and to join them into
The Blanket of Love

oh what a pleasure it was
 to be piecing together such beautiful squares
 and finishing the blanket off with a deep border

I had arranged this specially to coincide with my half term holiday
 which gave me a week off school to do this

The blanket was a complete work of art
and far better than I had ever imagined

It is truly unique 
and I know it is now very loved
by our dear friend

So what a gap this has left!

The community spirit that was generated by this project
 was so very special
truly uplifting
 and something I hope to harness again.

I have plans brewing for more community blanket making

blankets with themes
to be raffled
raising money for charity

blankets for gifts
to be given to children and the elderley

plans for colours and patterns
all whizzing round my head!

So if you are a crochet fanatic
watch this space
and maybe you would like to be part of the next community blanket project!

Thank you again for all your lovely correspondence this week
it gives me much pleasure to know that the work I share
 is an encouragement to you



Unknown said...

What a wonderful story gives a warm feeling reading it . I bet your friend feels the warmth of friendship and support when she uses the blanket :) from Deb

Ing said...

So wonderful and special! Ingrid

_suelip said...

Still brings a tear to my eye when I see the Blanket of Love and feel privileged to have played a small part with my square x
Best wishes Sue x

SaraJ said...

Such a wonderful project and I am sure it will be loved. I'd love to be involved in any project to help others with crochet. I am currently making some lap blankets using my stash, to give to a nursing home.
Hope you've had a restful weekend and enjoyed the sunshine.

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The Chimney Pot said...

Such a lovely blanket and lovely gesture made more special by a team effort!
I go to a knit & stitch group at our local pub and last year we made a knitted patchwork blanket and donated it to the hospice. We have just started a granny blanket, it's my first attempt at crochet but enjoying it so far!
Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next x

Lulu said...

what a loving thing to do..
beautiful blanket..

Unknown said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. a beautiful blanket x

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