The 365-day crochet project

A few years ago, I crocheted several afghans, using people’s scrap yarn, which I gave to people who were going through cancer treatment. I wanted to give them a colorful piece of comfort.  I received some nice thank you notes, so I was happy because the people who got the afghans were happy.

Paying it forward: Leslie
and the afghan that we

Not too long ago, Leslie, one of the people who had been given a colorful afghan after she was diagnosed with cancer, said that she was going to donate her afghan. She said that she was better and that she wanted her afghan to go to someone who was going through cancer treatment. I agreed with her that it was time for that afghan to get a new home. We decided to donate the afghan to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. There is a room in Roswell Park, where people can go to get afghans, wigs, and other things that would help them feel comfortable through their cancer treatments.

Leslie and I went to that room and we donated the afghan. I felt really good about that. I also thought that I would want to do that again. I may never know who received the afghan, but knowing that I was able to send a colorful gift of warmth to that person was enough for me.

These are the first four squares!

And that brings me to my 365-day crochet project. I decided last week that I would crochet one granny square a day for a year. I started the project on New Year’s Day… and I have crocheted four squares! Today, I was thinking… what do I do with all of those squares? Well, I could make small afghans, also called “lap blankets.” You drape a lap blanket over your lap when you’re watching television or just sitting indoors and you are feeling a little cold.

As soon as I have 30 squares made, I am going to piece the squares together and make an afghan! And then, I’m going to give the afghan to someone fighting cancer, via that wonderful giving room at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Also, I will post a picture of the completed afghan so… keep checking back here for updates on this project.

12 thoughts on “The 365-day crochet project”

  1. The Gratitude Guru

    That is awesome! I love when people selflessly help others!

    You are a role model for everyone!

    Thank you for being a shining star in a world that can use more light.

  2. What a wonderful project. You are an inspiration!

    After reading your post, I looked for a similar donation program in my area and found Project Linus Canada – they provide blankets made by volunteers to children who are ill, traumatised, or in need of comfort. Coincidentally, I just finished two toddler/lapghan sized blankets for my kids, and fell in love with the pattern. Now there's a good reason to make more!

    Also, those squares are absolutely lovely.

  3. Alice, you could also consider donating lap blankets to area nursing homes (just be sure they are made from a yarn that can be washed in a commercial washing machine). Some instructions will include a simple pocket so the recepient will have a pocket for something. There is also a kind of lap blanket which may be called a "twiddle" blanket, for use by patients with dementia. I was in process of crocheting a lap blanket for my mother in law (who was in a nursing home) when she passed, and I am making it bigger. Not sure yet what I am going to do with it.

  4. What a kind thing to do and I know my mom who passed away from Cancer would have loved a Afghan. I also think a local children's hospital might like having these as my friends son passed away at 15 and he was always cold so we was always looking for blankets he could have. As well as slipper socks that had a manly pattern although the ones we found looked like they was more for a women.

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