July 5, 2017

Welcome Blankets (Crochet With Me!)

Kathy Henderson shared this article on Facebook a while back. I shared it and some people were interested in making some #MTBoS blankets and learning together at TMC. So here's the info! The same people who made the pink pussy hats for the women's march are making welcome blankets for immigrants. They are partnering with multiple refugee and immigrant resettlement agencies to coordinate distribution, but first there will be a display at an art museum in Chicago.
"The proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico is almost 2000 miles long. Imagine if the massive distance of this wall was re-conceptualized and re-contextualized not to divide, but to include. Instead of wall, a concrete line, to keep people out, what if lines of yarn became 3,500,640 yards of blankets to welcome people in?"

Image result for math on a stickProject info:
Pattern: It's so mathy! There are so many possible configurations! It's just like the pattern blocks at math-on-a-stick. It would be really fun if lots of us made squares and then played with them at TMC before sewing them all together into blankets. Could we make all possible orientations as a team? (No Tina, there must be thousands, someone get nerdsniped and report back on that exact number please.)

If you want to start now, grab supplies and start crocheting. This is the crochet pattern pdf to make the two color square pattern but they are accepting any pattern blanket so long as the dimensions are 40x40" A good place for beginners would be solid 10x10" squares (with easy horizontal rows) since they would fit right in with the other two color squares. A good place to check out is

If you want to learn at TMC I'll have supplies but you'll probably get hooked (pun intended) so you'll want your own hook and yarn so you can continue crafting on your way home. Traveling is a great time to crochet and this pattern is excellent since it's made in pieces! If you want to learn grab a J hook and some worsted weight yarn (any craft store will have them). If you want to connect your squares to mine get Bernat Super Value yarn (it was on sale and it's washable so I bought true red, navy and white).

Can't wait to craft with you!

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