Comfort Blanket Knit-along
If you’ve ever wanted to knit yourself a security blanket and hide underneath it then this is the KAL for you It’s a KAL with a bit of a difference - based on community, self care and and a little bit of TLC
Based on a series of recipes for different sized Mitered Squares, this 8 week KAL alternates 4 different ideas for Mitered Squares with 4 weekly emails for self care and mindfulness
In addition by signing up to the KAL you will be invited to join a closed Facebook group - this is purely optional though and is not essential. The group will be used for chat, to support each other as you progress through the KAL and also to run a yarn swap for interested participants.
The project you end up with at the end of this is entirely up to you. You might opt to combine the ideas for a huge - bed sized throw, a cushion cover or something in-between. Don’t worry - I’m not expecting you to knit a blanket in 8 weeks!
The aim is to come together as a community, to support each other and generate a bit of comfort for yourself and others.
How do I sign up?
The pattern/recipe is available to purchase through Ravelry in the usual manner with £1 from the sale of each pattern going to MIND - the UK based mental health charity.
Once you have purchased you will be able to download the pre-KAL information sheet and then starting from 8th April 2019 the weekly installments will appear, courtesy of the magic of Ravelry in your library.
The Information sheet also contains the address for the closed Facebook Group for this KAL - just ask to join and I’ll add you as soon as I can.
how is this different?
Unlike regular KALs, the weekly installments will alternate a mitered square pattern with tips and suggestions for self-care and mindfulness. With so much to feel anxious about in the world right now many of us turn to our knitting for refuge, for security and to keep us grounded.
As much as I love complex knitting projects, there are times when you really need to reach for some soothing garter stitch that requires little thought but offers a much needed place of calm.
With this KAL I hope to offer a safe, supportive online community where we can help each other and offer some practical tips and suggestions for dealing with anxiety - through the medium of woolly goodness, of course.
Did you mention a swap?
Why indeed I did.
The beauty of mitered square blankets - whatever size you end up making - is that you can use up odds and ends of leftover yarn. There’s certainly no need to buy yarn especially for this as all but the most minimalist knitter should have sufficient leftovers. However, depending on the effect you are aiming for it can help to have a greater variety of colours within your blanket.
This is where the yarn swap comes in. Using an app called Elfster we will run a yarn swap for anyone who is interested in taking part. More details will be available on this shortly - it’s by no means compulsory though so please don’t worry.
I really hope you decide to sign up and join in but if you have any questions please just email me and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.