I've been so excited these last few days because the squares have started coming in. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking everyone so much for taking the time and trouble to crochet up some squares and send them in the post to me. It's been such fun to receive them.
If anyone is new to my blog I first mentioned this at the beginning of January. Last year I decided I wanted to make some blankets for the Elderly. Why the Elderly you are asking?
Well for those who haven't read me before my own Grandmother lived until the fine age of 103. She passed away roughly 15 years ago. I thought the absolute world of her. She lived in a bungalow on her own with only a cord for 'assistance'. She never once pulled the cord. My Aunt would pop in as my own Mother would. But my Grandmother washed and dressed herself. She cooked her own traditional English meal every lunchtime meat and two veg! She bathed herself and put herself to bed. What a wonderful woman she was. She lost two children one My Uncle Dereck when he was 6 years old and then very late in life she lost My Uncle Geoff he was 58. My Grandmother had 5 children. My Mother and her brother are still alive thankfully. She always thought of other members in the family and worried about them even in her 100's! Once you are a Mother you never stop worrying about your children even when they are seniors. My Grandmother worked from a very early age went into service and worked in bars in Public Houses. She always gave the pints of beer away, she was so kind. My Grandmother knew everything about Politics and History. Let's face it when you have been around that long you should know a fair bit. Her conversations were so interesting. She was so respected in her village and on her birthdays children would come from the local school to bring her cards they had made. She received a 100th Birthday card from the Queen and even made front page on the local Newspaper. Local Football clubs sent her also a signed Birthday card with all the names of the football players on, as she was a football fan too, supporting Aston Villa. There were often disagreements with my Father because he supported the other football club Birmingham City which was very near to the Villa.
My Grandmother was never no trouble to anyone. We loved to visit her and each visit was an absolute delight. We would often recall events from years ago. I'd take her crocheted cushions which I had made and she'd even go and have her hair set every two weeks, which was amazing not to mention sitting there for the 3 hours when she had a perm.
Right up until the last minute my Grandmother was never ill, thankfully. She just simply got tired and fell asleep.
Here's my Grandmother in her early twenties.
As I've said before, I think this is why I feel so deeply about helping the Elderly. I realise there are lots of people who don't have the visitors, who can't cope on their own. Some of them are even homeless on the streets. Also there are people in Nursing homes who are in need of blankets as I have found out recently. We all love a blanket to cuddle while watching TV don't we? Imagine how a pretty blanket could bring a smile to someone.
I hope you can help. If everyone could just send one square I would be most grateful. I know postage is expensive.
For those who would like information
6" x 6" - (15cms x 15cms)
Knitted or Crocheted
Acrylic I think would be better (if possible) don't worry if you havent got Acrylic.
Any design, any colour. (Basic Granny Square or more involved up to you!)
Just odd bits of wool/yarn you have left over from projects. I don't want it to cost any one
No panic, no rush, no deadline. This is something I want to be doing all year.
I'm over the moon with the help I have already received. I would like to thank Brenda (UK), Molly (USA), Karin (Netherlands), Kim (UK). Helen (USA). Fantastic friends thank you! Also for squares which are on their way. I know it takes awhile to receive them.
I hope you can make a cup of tea and look at the slide show of the squares I have received already.
Wonderful, wonderful squares! I'm so 'chuffed' and 'excited!'. Thank you everyone! OOh! there's one other thing. Could I ask a favour? If you'd like to give my squares a plug on your blog that would be great, thank you. xx