Knitting and Crochet Blog Week – Day 4

Day Four: 31st March. Where are they now?

Whatever happened to your __________?

Write about the fate of a past knitting project. Whether it be something that you crocheted or knitted for yourself or to give to another person. An item that lives with you or something which you sent off to charity.

There are a lot of different aspects to look at when looking back at a knitting project and it can make for interesting blogging, as much of the time we blog about items recently completed, new and freshly completed. It is not so often that we look back at what has happened to these items after they have been around for a while.

How has one of your past knits lived up to wear. Maybe an item has become lost. Maybe you spent weeks knitting your giant-footed dad a pair of socks in bright pink and green stripes which the then ‘lost’. If you have knit items to donate to a good cause, you could reflect on the way in which you hope that item is still doing good for it’s owner or the cause it was made to support.

Most of the projects that I’ve made and given away have been lap blankets or baby blankets. While the topic for today is supposed to reflect on one item, I have three that I want to reflect on.

I made several lap blankets last year that were donated to Karmanos Cancer Institute. I don’t know who ended up with them, but I hope they can feel the love and good wishes that went into them. When new patients come to Karmanos (or most other cancer centers from what I’ve read), they are given a lap blanket that is theirs to keep, to take home and to bring back for each of their next treatments. The blankets help keep them warm through their treatments such as Chemotherapy, give them something to fuss with with their hands, and give them a reminder that we are all pulling for them to win their battle with cancer. We might not know them, they might not know us, but we still hope and pray that they beat this horrible disease. And hopefully, after they win their battle, they can look at the blanket as a reminder of how strong they are.

The next three pictures are of the blankets that were donated in 2010. The first one is 9-Blocks, the second is Rainbow Sherbert, and the third one is Chocolate Mint.

I have another blanket for donation that is almost finished, I just need to figure out the border that I want to use and weave in some tails. A few gift WIPS are on the schedule right now but by May I should be making more donation blankets again. Whether they will be for Karmanos again or for another cancer center will depend on which one is more in need of blankets.