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Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I have been knitting on and off for 50 years and I recently learned to crochet. I love looking for wool bargains and making them into something useful. I mainly knit for charity. I occasionally knit for myself and family members if I find a really good pattern or if they ask nicely!!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Six squares...




About a year ago I was lucky enough to be given 2 big bags full of yarn by a Freecycler.  Yes, I was that bag lady sitting on a train and then on a bus, occasionally peeking into the bags and smiling happily.  

I think I have used most of it by now.  But there were several small balls of white dk acrylic yarn....all slightly different shades and textures and all too small to make even a baby hat.  The closest they would have come to a hat would be in a starring role as stripes.  But I was in no rush.

Then, a few days ago, I heard about Cwtch of Comfort which is a project that gives blankets and quilts to parents who have lost a child.  They use blankets of all sizes and recently made an appeal for six inch squares that could be sewn into bigger blankets.  See here for more information about the squares appeal.  The squares needed to be white or pale pastel.  They also needed to be easily washable.  Perfect.  I have now managed to use up all my odd balls of white.

As someone is going to crochet these squares together, I decided to make it as easy as possible for them.  I chose to knit simple corner-to-corner squares.  The advantage of this type of square is that there is no cast on or cast off edge.  All four sides are the same, which makes sewing them together fairly easy.  I followed the SANDS blanket pattern which is very easy and produces a square with a good strong edge.

So, having recently used up all my odd balls of white 4 ply yarn, I have now done the same with my dk yarn.  Turning oddments into worthwhile items always makes me happy.  Sometimes it really is possible to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. 


11 comments:

  1. I saw this too Una and am making some to send along squares are such great stash-busters. :) xx

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  2. What a lovely thing to do, and a fab way to use up those yarns - well done. xx

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  3. Yes well done, I will check that link I have still got an amount of stash left that could be useful.
    Julie.C

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  4. They look wonderful, thank you so much Una! I can't wait to put them into blankets xx

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  5. A great way to use up the white oddment yarn and a lovely worthwhile project too.

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  6. This is such a nice thing to do, Una.

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  7. About 5 years ago, a yarn shop near my home was collecting various squares like that from all kinds of knitters/crocheters. They had quite a collection, and they were various shapes and sizes. I volunteered to take a bunch of them and put them together, adjusting the borders and edges to accommodate the squares. It was loads of fun, and very creative to arrange the blocks and work in the middle parts. It's a very satisfying project to be part of -- glad you could make such good use of those dabs of yarn!

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  8. It is a lovely thing to do with the extra yarn. Hugs,
    Meredith

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  9. Una, you are an inspiration, as always!

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  10. Thank you so much for your support - we had this message today from a recently bereaved parent:
    "You ladies are amazing ... The comfort these [blankets] have brought to us can't be put into words."
    Your squares will make a huge difference.
    Diolch o galon ♡

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