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As a knitter, I am used to the magic of knitting. But every now and then I feel astonished by the results produced by two sticks and a string. This time, it’s about the size and determination. I am very happy to share with you the work of the members of Knitting for Charity group that meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at the Cole Harbour Public Library.

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These ladies started working on their squares last winter and knitted enough squares to make three blankets. Then a few brave souls took the squares home and turned them into these amazing creations.

Do you see the size of this thing? There are two grown-up women hiding behind it! This is a truly generous gift, nicknamed “Stained Glass Blanket”.

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The next one is called “Shades of Blue” and it is very elegant. I love how the ladies used both the texture and the colours to create a pattern.

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And if you like contrast colours, here is something to feast your eyes on. This blanket is my favourite!

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Knitting for Charity group voted to give their wonderful blankets to the youth, women, and men shelters — one for each.

Last week our local newspaper Metro published an article about knitting for charity. There are many knitters in our community who do this important work quietly, without any recognition or praise. However, I like it when people share their thoughts and talk about their projects. I believe that it inspires others and sends a clear message — when we care, we can achieve great things, one stitch at a time.

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Full Circle

What do you feel in September? For me it’s always the end and the beginning. The end of summer, the end of warmth, the end of my very fulfilling relationships with the ocean… Look, we had a very good summer together.

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Caribou-Munroes Island Provincial Park, NS

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Stanhope Beach, Prince Edward Island

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Crystal Crescent Provincial Park, NS

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The Arm, Halifax, NS

Also, September is the beginning. The beginning of school, the beginning of cold,  the beginning of rain, and wind, and darker nights. In September my “nesting instinct” kicks in, probably because I realize that I will spend a lot of time indoors.

Cleaning my closet and reflecting on the fact that children are bouncing off the walls brought about an unusual solution — I will take the children to the beach and finish the blanket there. Coincidentally, it was near the junior high school where the blanket was stitched together. I spread the blanket on the grass and added three missing squares while my kids played baseball.

The next day, we decided to go to my children’s school playground. And the blanket visited the place where the first attempt to assemble it was made. I added the jolly green border to make a neat edge.

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And yesterday the blanket was donated to the Phoenix Youth shelter. It was still warm outside but I could already feel the fall is almost here. The blanket made a full circle and ended up in a place where it will be needed and appreciated.

And because it’s September, it’s time to start something new. For example, a new blanket.

Happy fall, everyone!

Warm and beautiful

Dear knitters, rejoice! One more blanket for the youth shelter is done! It was stitched together by the students of Cunard Junior High School in Halifax from these squares.

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I love it. It makes sense in terms of design and colours, and let me assure you — it takes a lot of time and effort to produce a blanket of this size. There were some creative solutions, like folding and stitching over the part of the square to make a straight edge. Also, some squares are mysteriously missing on one side… but it’s still beautiful. I don’t know how many students worked on it or how old they were but they did an incredible job. This is the school and it has a special place in my knitting life.

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There is a small and very warm Cunard pond right behind the school, with the supervised beach and the volleyball court filled with white sand. There are few things I enjoy more in the summer than watching my children play on that beach while knitting something for them. We also feel super outdoors-y when we bike to the said beach, swim in the pond, and bike back home just before the sunset. Just like that one.

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I haven’t decided what to do with the missing part yet… and while I am figuring it out, the blanket will stay with me a little longer, warm and beautiful, just like the children and adults who made it.