Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The kindness of knitters

I seem to have arrived at that point, described in Mason Dixon Knitting, at which I become interested in knitting for good causes. They put it like this:

"After you've been knitting for a while, another urge hits you: to knit for the Common Good."

I described previously my forays into Innocent Smoothie bottle hats, as part of the Big Knit. Since taking that up, I have also been converted to blanket squares. I made a Dr Who one a few weeks ago for a comfort blanket for a House Cupper in adverse circumstances. And now I've made another four, plain squares this time.

These ones are crochet. I used a free KAS crochet square pattern, and if you want to knit for others, you could do worse than visit the Knit-a-Square site, where the appeal is for squares to make into blankets for South African orphans.

These particular four squares are contributions to baby blankets for families who need them. They are also a response to a bereavement. Not mine, but I'm still sad :(

I see from my on-Rav participation that there is a vast number of squares being generated in this direction. And although I'm sad about the bereavement, it does comfort me a little to see the blanket squares being made, as a mark of respect and appreciation. Kay Gardiner wrote, of making things in this type of circumstance: "[it] seems to express your condolence better than mere words". Perhaps it does.

I'm a little sombre today, dear reader, so I won't write any more. Till the next time!

1 comment:

  1. "[it] seems to express your condolence better than mere words"

    This. I knit for charity when I'm sad, or when I'm angry about the world, and it seems way more productive than ranting and raving into thin air. I get it.