Named in honour of my niece Grace, diagnosed with Leukemia in 2004 at the age of 3 and currently in remission, Warming Grace is an ongoing project designed to create blankets from knitted/crocheted squares for children dealing with cancer...
This is the blanket that was recently sent out to Alisa, a young girl who lives in Ontario and is currently undergoing treatment.
As always it turned out so well and I am in so in debt to all the knitters whose squares provided such a wonderful source of comfort for Alisa. A huge thanks as well goes to my bestest friend Carole (blogless) who once again sewed and edged the blanket - you rock Carole!
Here are more photos of the blanket. Get well soon Alisa!
Here is a photo of Simone and her blanket. I have it on good authority (her mom) that she really loves it, although that does seem pretty obvious!
Unfortunately I am unable to get photos of all the kids and their blankets. Given the nature of their illnesses and the varying prognosis I feel strongly that I will not pester or harass anyone to give me photos of their child and blanket.
The most important thing for me is to simply get the kids their blankies. They have so much going on that photos seem trivial. I thank Ashley and her parents for their willingness to share, as I thank my brother, sister-in-law and Grace for their generosity in sharing Grace's story and photos.
I remain committed to the project and hope to have more updates/photos and blankets to share soon.
I am back - sort of. I have to be very careful with my energy but Warming Grace is always on my mind and so close to my heart. I wanted to share with you these three lovely beauties (Justin's, Simone's and Grace's blankies from left to right).
This is my Mom and Dad (Jim and Jackie) holding Grace's blanket. Grace is their grand-daughter and I think they are quite pleased and proud to have this honour. Grace's blanket was pieced and edged by my best buddy Carole, who did an outstanding job! The blanket is just so gorgeous in person and oh so soft. There is a square in the blanket that has been knit by Briana who is just 9 years old - Briana, you get a huge shout out and a big thank you from me!
Carole did this fabulous ruffled edge on the blanket which is very girly (Grace will so appreciate that). Carole has been a godsend for me. While I have been MIA this summer she has taken on the task of collecting the squares I get, assigning sewers and working on more blankets herself. I cannot say how much this means to me. Thank you is so very inadequate however THANK YOU CAROLE!
Simone's blanket is above. Simone's blanket was sewn and edged by Ann. Actually Ann did not sew the blanket together; she knit all the squares together. She also knit the edging in this really fabulous manner (I have to get the details because the final result is so lovely looking). I do promise to post some closeups so that you can see the details. The softness is unbelievable. Thank you so much Ann!
Justin's blanket was sewn together by a bunch of us at our sewing party way back when. Julia from Village Yarns sewed the panels together and began the edging which Dale finished. The result is wonderful and truly a collaborative effort. Thank you to everyone who helped with this blankie. Again this blankie is so soft and squishy perfect for a little boy!
Of course my biggest thanks goes out to all of you who have knit squares, are planning to knit squares and who have sent so much positive energy, thoughts and prayers this way. I can attest to the special energy the blankets have - they are absolutely wonderful and vibrate the love that has gone into them.
My goal is still to complete twenty blankets (Carole has finished another one which I will post soon I promise - there is a three year old named Hannah who will be the lucky recipient of this blanket - more on that as well). i promise to make sure the posts are regular and you are kept up to date.
Please keep sending the squares and the positive vibes; this is truly a special project!