When mom was sick I made 6 afghans to give to family “from mom”. There was a lot of wool left over. I finally found a way to use up the wool and give back to those in need. When mom was doing her chemo there were baskets set up in the waiting rooms. So far I have only made 6 squares but I have gotten a neighbour to start knitting as well.
Below is from their web site explaining the program.
Here are the details needed to get started in contributing to the Squares of Care program:
- Squares should be 6 1/2″ or 17 cm, although the group can work with a variety of sizes.
- Generally, 35 squares are used for a blanket (7′ X 5′).
- It is suggested that knitters use a #7 needle or 4.5. If crocheting, please make it a 6 1/2″ square.
- Please work the ends of the yarn into the squares, our square ladies use colourful yarn to sew the squares together.
- Knitters are asked to use Sayelle yarn rather than wool. (no reactions that way)
There is a large group that works on all aspects of the blankets each week, including washing and packaging, so all you need to do is drop off your squares and they can take it from there.
Where to drop off squares:
You can also leave them with the information desk at the Henderson or Juravinski Cancer Clinic, or hang them off the Wellwood office door if the door is closed.
Wellwood Resource Centre of Hamilton
711 Concession Street
Telephone: (905) 389-5884
Click here for a map to Wellwood.
Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday evening 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday evening 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
When you drop off your first bunch, please leave your contact information with the squares. We like to send thank-you notes every few months.
Additionally, a second community site has been opened:
Wellwood Juravinski House
501 Sanatorium Road (where Sanatorium meets Rice)
Hamilton, ON L9C 2A7
Click here for a map. (Free parking attached to house).
Evening hours only:
Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Since the Christmas season is on its way, why not do up a few squares to help others. It is going to be a cold winter and when you are battling cancer you can never seem to get warm enough. For those that are interested but would like to help out their local community, most hospices also take afghan donations.