For 2020, Our Challenge: 200 blankets donated to babies and chemo warriors
We have been asked some questions about this Blanket Drive.
We are accepting all sizes (from baby lovies to adult large throws), loom knitted, crocheted, sewn and/or fleece blankets. The criteria for yarn, fleece or material remains the same
- Must be new, never worn or used
- Should be washable
- Smoke-free & pet hair-free
- Soft yarn is best- cotton acrylic, silk, fleece or a blend.
- Wool/alpaca is acceptable, though is known to be scratchy. If using wool or alpaca, please label the item- to warn those that are allergic
- Please wash your hands on a regular basis while making the items.
- Items do not need to be laundered if they are kept clean. If you feel an item has to be washed before donating it, please use a hypoallergenic detergent and rinse very well.
As many of you know, we started Knitting Rays of Hope with loom knitting hats and then started dabbling into crochet with the help of Youtube and Pinterest.
I crocheted my first blanket a few months ago for a friend’s baby and enjoyed the process of it. I used a shell stitch and found it easy enough to crochet it while watching tv. If your talents are quilting or knitting, please feel free to make blankets that will suit your talents.
I found a chart for blanket sizes from Craft-Mart.com that will hopefully help provide some guidance.
While searching for ideas, I found All Free Crochet had an article for over 25 blanket patterns for beginners here. And I may just try this blanket, as one of our friends, T. Stella Bernard suggested a baby afghan made up of individual squares that are sewn together. I hope that this will be easy to just crochet squares and then put them together. Wish me luck!
We thank you for trying to learn new things like making blankets to help us spread hope.