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Knitting Memories


When you are first starting knitting, you normally knit simple things like squares and scarves. All easy knitting to get you used to the wool, the stitches etc.

But these squares are different, they are a joint project. Myself and a few friends decided that as we were unable to help a friend of ours, through her illness, we would make something which she could have with her, so she knew we were with her when we weren’t.

So started the blanket in September 2013. Knitting squares gave us something to do but also used up wool and helped practice the knitting. As the weeks went on, we gathered our squares.


Until we thought we had enough and my mum declared that we did and would bring them all together. We had lots of colours, lots of ways of putting them together and lots of different knitting styles. Everyone knits differently and that can make it difficult in joining these together – 4 different knitters and 4 different tension styles.


Time went on and mum changed a few squares, made some herself and started to put it together.

However, time ran out for our friend. She lost the battle and we were all bereft.

The blanket was not finished in time. It sat unfinished in a basket.

We were unsure what to do with it. Do we finish it? Do we give it away? Do we raise some money for the hospice in memory of our friend?

Christmas and New Year came and went.

Mum helped me with my blanket I had knitted. It spurred her on to finish these squares.


But still we were not sure what to do with it?

Why not keep it and use it as a comfort for us, for those who need it when perhaps life is not being great. To be passed around, kept in a special bag with a book for memories. That way our friend is with us.

20140302-193938.jpgI can’t think of a more fitting tribute.

3 thoughts on “Knitting Memories

  1. What a shame about your friend, but as she can’t use the blanket I think it’s a great idea to use it as a communal comfort blanket. Mind you I do hope that you don’t have to use it often!

  2. Hi Jo,

    I am so sorry for your loss, I know exactly how you are feeling right now.

    A friend of some 30 years standing, passed away in the hospice 4 weeks ago, aged 51 and leaving behind a husband and 2 young teenage sons.

    As with your friend, her illness took over very quickly and from diagnosis to her passing was just 8 short months, leaving us little time to prepare and plenty of time to grieve.

    Your idea about the blanket sounds like an excellent one, although I did notice that our friends hospice had such blankets available to their patients as leg warmers if they were in wheelchairs and just to add colour and cheer to the hopsital bedclothes.

    I volunteer for my own local hospice (in one of their retail shops, not the hospice itself) and I make similar blankets, usually crocheted, either for sale in the shop to help raise funds for the hospice, or as a donation to the hospice to be used for patients comfort.

    I do hope that you all take comfort from your lovely blanket and that you feel able to move on in a calm way and with many good memories of your friend, very soon.

    Thinking of you,


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