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Craft and Calm with Ms. Quigley

In late September the Craft Club decided to start a group challenge … to knit a blanket large enough to cover to sofa in the Knitting Corner.
15-January-20
Craft and Calm with Ms. Quigley

In late September the Craft Club decided to start a group challenge … to knit a blanket large enough to cover to sofa in the Knitting Corner.

This was a BIG project as we needed a blanket that measured at least 180 cm x 210 cm.

We decided to knit small squares each measuring about 20cm x 20 cm. If we wanted the blanket to measure 180cm x210 cm then we would need 81 squares !!!!!

The members of the Craft Club began knitting squares of different colours and patterns. We also asked members of staff, students and their families to help if they wanted to. Niamh Costello (Emma’s Mum) donated lots and lots and lots of wool from her “stash” and also gave us some large knitted rectangles which we could incorporate into the blanket. In October, we received a HUGE gift of wool and needles from Ms. Joyce which she wanted us to use for the blanket. Sadly, Ms. Joyce’s sister-in-law, Joan had died almost a year previously. Joan absolutely loved knitting and had collected a real treasure trove of wool, needles, needle holders, stitch holders, stitch counters and row counters. Joan’s husband, Andrew, didn’t know what to do with all of these wonderful materials --- he certainly didn’t want them to go to waste. Ms. Joyce told Andrew about the Craft Club and the challenge that we had set ourselves and asked if he would like to donate Joan’s fabulous collection to us. Lucky for us, Andrew was very happy to do this and a
few days later the most FANTASTIC delivery arrived

We used lots and lots of Joan’s wool in our blanket – squares of different colours and patterns, each one as individual as the person who knitted it ……. but out of all of these squares, there is one that is the most special of all. Before Joan died, she had begun knitting a cerise pink sparkly cardigan and had knitted half of one of the sleeves. Andrew included this unfinished piece with all of the wool that he so kindly gave us. In the Craft Club, we finished off the sleeve to form a square so that it could be included in our blanket.

Just take a look at the photographs --- I think you will agree that Joan’s cerise pink sparkly square is one of the brightest in the whole blanket. Each time we see this square we are reminded of Joan and John and their incredible generosity and are very grateful.

A big thank you also to Niamh Costello and all the other knitters who had a part in helping the Craft Club to succeed in the blanket challenge.

Ms. Teresa Quigley and the Craft Club

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