Diane knitted her mother a blanket, in which she was able to find comfort in her final days – she appreciated having some “cozy and loving to hold”. Diane is kicking off an initiative to knit shawls and lap blankets to donate to Alzheimer’s patients, to provide some comfort and love to those struggling with this difficult disease. Rachael is knitting one herself, and as an encouragement, she is offering up a shawl of her own as a prize to one lucky blanket knitter.
This made me smile:a piece about a knitting group in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia suggests that “pub is the last place you’d expect to find a knitting group”. Whoever wrote the article doesn’t spend a lot of time with knitters, I don’t think. The knitters I know love spending time in pubs… a place where you’re encouraged to sit for long periods of time, and where you can be surrounded by friends and enjoy a good chat. Even if you’re not a drinker, a pub provides just about the perfect sort of environment for a knitting group. Indeed, a member of the group says just that: “The atmosphere at The Ulster is conducive to sitting around and having a chat and doing a little bit of craft.”
Back in February, we told you about the efforts of Wildcare, a wildlife rehabilitation center in California. They collect knitted birds’ nests to care for orphaned and injured baby birds. Now that spring has arrived, the program has formally kicked off. You can learn more here.