Friday, 26 February 2016

Future Charity Blankets


I have chosen a crochet related post as my Five On Friday this week (as usual hosted by Amy at Love Made My Home). As some of you know I am making 2016 a year where I am trying to do as much as I can, in my own small way, for charity, so  have challenged myself to make twelve blankets to donate to a local residential care home for them to distribute to the residents at Christmas plus I am making another blanket for an old school friend of mine who is running a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House in Southampton (a home where family of sick children can stay so they can be close by the hospital where their children are being treated). My friend's grandchild has been in hospital since she was born awaiting a heart operation and the parents are staying at Ronald McDonald House which is entirely run on charity donations so this is very dear to my friend's heart).


I have already completed three blankets this year (the butterflies on them are the symbol of SIBOL (Sunshine International Blankets of Love) which is the organisation that I am creating the blankets for.







When I am creating the blankets I am always thinking ahead and trying out new ideas for future blankets so my Five On Friday are squares that I have lined up to be used later this year. Apologies that some of them don't look very straight at the moment, these are just the prototypes and when I am making the squares for real they will all be blocked properly.




This daisy design will be my next blanket and will be the one to be donated to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House



I love this snowflake design although the navy border looks very dark on here, not entirely sure which colour(s) I will use for the border yet - watch this space!



African Flower hexagon, I have my colours lined up for this one, you will have to wait and see what I come up with but looking forward to starting on this.



Maybelle flower square, I am planning to crochet this one with lots of different colour flower centres and possibly edge each square with cream.



Circle of Friends square (this is a great design for using up little bits and pieces of wool left over from other projects - I don't usually mix random colours together but this design calls out for just that and should make for a cheerful colourful blanket.


I hope you have enjoyed this week's Five on Friday and will go and seek out other Five on Friday posts that are linked from Amy's blog.


24 comments:

  1. They're all beautiful Jan, I particularly like the African Flower hexagon and the snowflake one. You have far more patience than I....I love patchwork blankets and have made a few, but absolutely loathe sewing/joining all the squares together. So when I do blankets now, I do either wide stripes or very large blocks....less joining and sewing in of ends. I really hate sewing :(

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    1. Sooze, I hate sewing squares together too so that is why I crochet them together. I have recently discovered the continuous flat braid join which crochets all the squares together in one go with one length of thread so less ends to sew in as well which suits me just fine. xx

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    2. Jan, thank you for your comment on my blog. Yes, if you could post a link to that continuous flat braid join I'd be very grateful, thank you.

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  2. Your blankets are beautiful Jan and I'm in awe of your talent. I like all your different designs especially the snowflake one:)

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  3. Such beautiful blankets and for such a worthy cause. I particularly loved the snowflake design such a stunning pattern. Hope all goes well for your friends baby.

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  4. Lovely designs Jan. I think the green daisy one is my favourite. What a fabulous job you are doing. Have a great weekend. Barbara xx

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  5. Beautiful designs. You put so much thought into them and the colour combinations. My favourite is the African flower one although they are all pretty. At the moment I think all I could manage is the Circle of Friends design! What a lovely name for it!

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  6. I love them all Jan but I think my favourite is the daisy square it's so pretty and second favourite is the circle of friends square, they will all make lovely blankets and they all look perfect to me mine never look completely square even after i've blocked them but they all look ok once they are sewn into a blanket. Have a great weekend. :) xx

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  7. Wow! They're just beautiful, can't wait to see what you do with all of them.

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  8. They're looking great! Not being creative is one reason I can read so many books each month! I don't have other hobbies! If I'm not cleaning or outside, or blogging!, I'm reading as I don't watch a lot of TV or do anything else really!

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  9. Every time you post a picture of your blankets I smile. I can only imagine how much they will be appreciated by their recipients. I know I've said it before and I will say it again. They are beautiful!

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  10. Your crochet designs are so pretty. How talented you are! And what a great cause to make blankets for those less fortunate.

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  11. So many wonderful granny square designs. I was trying to choose a favourite. It was tricky as I love them all, but I think the daisy wins for me, although a snowflake blanket would look spectacular. Have a great weekend, Jan. xx

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  12. Very nice squares :-D And I really like the Butterfly Blankets.

    ~Val

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  13. Oh Jan, those squares are exquisite. I so want to be able to do this!

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  14. Oh, I love these. Must try some different squares myself!
    Liz

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  15. Thanks Jan, I'll have to see if I can manage a few of your designs. They look splendid x

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  16. Your work is beautiful - I like the daisy design best, but they are all lovely. I look forward to seeing all of these blankets when they are finished. x

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  17. I can imagine the delight of the residents who find these blankets on their beds or chairs - they are all so pretty.

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  18. What a talent you have for crocheting! I loved every single one, but especially the white butterfly blanket. Simply lovely. You'll make someone very happy.

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  19. Some lovely squares, looks like you will be very busy for a long time to come! Xx

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  20. these are so beautiful and what a lovely idea to gift them all. I think I like the new daisy design best, then again that snowflake is gorgeous too x

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