A few weeks ago I contacted Phoenix, and asked what knitted items they might need. The answer was somewhat unexpected — blankets (afghans). Making a blanket for charity is a huge commitment, so I started thinking how to break it down into manageable pieces. One possible answer was to make them one square at a time. The local yarn stores agreed to place baskets for collecting those squares. I will keep an eye on the baskets and stitch the squares up when we have enough. So maybe we should try it as a community project and see what happens?
If you are interested in taking part in collective blanket making, please knit a square (or more) and email me at email@example.com. I will arrange a pick up.
Square size 12 x 12 inches, any stitch pattern, machine washable yarn.
Below is a Q&A with Phoenix.
1. Who those blankets are for?
The blankets are for youth accessing the services at Phoenix – a charitable organization supporting at-risk and homeless youth located in Halifax. Phoenix has an extensive variety of programs and services to help youth find a path from the street aimed for youth primarily between 16 – 24 years of age (with a Prevention program that also sees youth as young as 12 years old and their families). Some of these services include counselling, health care, learning and employment facilities, a youth walk-in centre, advocacy, and residential facilities such as an Emergency shelter (20 beds), a long-term residential facility (10 beds), and three independent living homes (home to 9 youth total).
2. What size should the blankets be?
3. Are there any yarn requirements (machine washable? wool? acrylic? preferred colours? no preference?)
The fabric should be machine washable – otherwise no preference.
4. How many do you need?
We would take as many blankets as you’re able to provide. Apart from our residential facilities we see many youth throughout the year who do not necessarily reside with us, however are limited in resources. Blankets to stay warm would also be a huge help to them.
5. Also, can they be done with different squares?
So… are you in?