Okay - perhaps many wooden sticks, circulars, double pointed and assorted 'special' needles and a lot of wool; lots and lots AND LOTS of yarn in many colours, textures, fibres and from many different companies and countries...
Warming Grace is a project to make blankets for my niece and other children dealing with cancer.
5 inch squares knit or crocheted from soft wool or cotton in any pattern and kid friendly colour are wanted!
Email me for my mailing address.
Luke passed away this morning at 10:45am. He was just 9 years old. My heart is broken for him and his family. Thank you to everyone who contributed squares for the blanket and prayers for Luke and his family.
Back in March 2009 I posted about this lovely young boy Luke. Luke has Leukemia and has been in remission twice. When I posted in March Luke was undergoing more treatment. I asked for squares and you answered. We were able to send Luke this lovely blanket.
At the time the blanket was sent Luke was in remission. In the last few weeks a cancerous mass has been discovered in Luke's cheek. He is undergoing a short series of radiation for the mass. The hope is that the radiation will eradicate the mass however there are no further treatment options for Luke and his only chance at this point is a miracle.
You will find Luke's page here. If you can, visit. Send thoughts, energy and prayers Luke's way. His favourite colour is blue, he loves 'bionicles,' and all things boy. Please let Luke and his family know you are thinking of them. If you would like to send a card you can do so at Luke Jensen, c/o King's Way Christian School, 3300 NE 78th Street, Vancouver, WA, USA, 98665.
Thanks so much. I am heartbroken for Luke and his family (and particularly grateful as Grace continues to do so well and thrive) and hoping for the best possible outcome.
It has been a very rough winter for me health wise and the posting has not been a priority. This is. If you can post on your site so that other Warming Grace contributors can mobilize energy and prayers for Luke I really, really appreciate it and I am so thankful. Donations for squares are always great and you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for my mailing address. In the meantime please pray for little Luke. Thank you.
When I posted way back at the end of March my original plan was to get the squares in, the blanket sewn up and sent off to Luke by the beginning of May. Ah the plans of life.....
Squares were so generously sent in (thank you, thank you, thank you) and I had enough squares to begin the sewing by the beginning of May. The ensuing months of May, June, July and August brought with them all manner of shit for me; health and personally (another post).
My blogless buddy Carole who has put together a number of the blanket was up to her eyeballs, literally, dealing with the summer long garbage strike in Toronto.
Finally, in September (while in the midst of dealing with the H1N1 - yes, that would be ANOTHER post) I emailed Wannietta in a panic and asked her to sew the blanket together. My guilt was huge...Luke was doing well but I had put myself out there and felt a tremendous sense of consternation that the blanket still wasn't done. Wannietta sewed it together for me (beautifully I might add) and got it back pretty quickly - THANK YOU W!
It still took me another 3 weeks to get it sent off. Finally, it is there. Luke is in remission (and doing so well after a bone marrow transplant). And he has the blanket. And I am indebted to all of you who so generously sent such beautiful squares.
As always I am humbled by your generosity to this ongoing project. I haven't named names (I was going to post the squares and the donors...and if I can get up the steam to do it I still will - you deserve so many kudos!!!!) but I do thank you all so very much. Please don't stop sending the squares. I am working on getting back on my feet (yet again) and plan to get more blankets out (this was blanket number 7 for the Warming Grace Project. Again, thank you!
This is Luke. He is 8 years old. Luke was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myelogenus Leukemia) when he was 6 years old. He had a successful bone marrow transplant when he was 7. He had been in remission and in doing routine blood work this March it was discovered that Luke's AML has returned. He is now scheduled to undergo chemotherapy, radiation treatment and hopefully another bone marrow transplant.
The Warming Grace project wants to send Luke a blanket. I need 63 five inch squares in any shade of blue (Luke's favourite colour) in a soft yarn ASAP.
Calls for squares have been so successful and I thank you all so much. We have had more than enough squares to complete 6 blankets so far which is awesome. Unfortunately, many of the squares I have received have been unuseable for the following reasons:
1. Yarn - not soft, some downright scratchy (please rub it against your face or on the inside of your wrist) 2. Size - 5" is 5", not 3" or 6" - it is really hard to put together the blankets if they aren't relatively uniform 3. Quality - it is unfortunate that I have received squares that are so loosely knit they are unuseable, or there are huge holes in the middle or somewhere in the square.
I can't tell you how much I appreciate the efforts people have put into knitting and sending squares; however I won't send out a blanket that is not first rate to a child who is putting up such a brave fight.
I am hoping that I can get lots of 5" squares (and kid friendly colour in a nice soft yarn - please no acrylic), particularly in the blue shade as soon as possible. If you can help out thank you sooooo much. Email me at email@example.com for my snail mail address. Please post my request on your blog if you can(there are so many blogs who have a much bigger readership than I do currently). I thank you so much. My goal is to get Luke his blanket by the beginning bit of May (taking into account mailing the squares, getting the blanket sewn together and mailed to Luke).
This is the blanket that was sent to Alisa in February. This is blanket #6 from the Warming Grace Project. I am so proud.
My awesome blogless friend Carole did the finishing (I love you chick!) and the blanket and a couple of goodies were sent to Alisa who is dealing with cancer. I did receive a note from the person who helped me to get the blanket to Alisa and they are so very thankful. As always I owe a huge amount of gratitude and thanks to all the knitters who donated a square for this blanket. You guys rock!
Megan is six years old and was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. She lives in Boston, MA and I heard about her through Amanda.
This blanket was put together by Carole (blogless) just for Megan and sent off. A huge thanks to both Amanda and Carole.
I know your thoughts and prayers are with Megan.
Warming Grace continues irregardless of how I am feeling. Megan's blanket is the sixth one completed and sent out. If you know of a child who has been diagnosed with Leukemia, or you would like to make some squares contact me. Thanks so much.