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Knit One Bless Two

debbie-knit-1-bless-2Over the years I’ve been involved in a number of charity knitting organizations and projects. I’ve found that knitters are by nature generous and we often look for ways to give back and help others. We have been blessed to live in a country that is filled with abundance. When I look around at the needs in this world it can be overwhelming–babies born in poverty, children suffering in the cold. I found myself asking, “What can I do?”  One answer that came to me, and many others, was that we could knit. A hat, a blanket, a sweater, a square. All of those were possible with a single pair of knitting needles. I feel with a single scarf that I am making a difference in a child’s life. And I’m using my time in a productive way.

It was my association with other knitters, hearing their stories, listening to their ideas as we sat and knit together, that I came to sense the hearts of my fellow knitters that prompted me to start Knit 1, Bless 2.

As an author I’ve discovered there is a link between the writer and the reader. It’s almost spiritual. As an example, I know that if I laugh while writing a scene, my reader will laugh, too. If I cry, they will cry as well. If I put my heart on the page it will link with my readers’ hearts in a way that is difficult to describe. I’ve seen this again and again in the times I’ve met with readers or read their letters and comments from my website.

This “‘spiritual” phenomenon also applies to those who knit and crochet. The knitted or crocheted items are far more than something created from a simple skein of yarn. The knitting links us with the recipient in a special way that I find nearly impossible to explain in words. As we infuse our time, our talent and money into an item we also infuse our love. And while we may never meet the one who receives our gift we benefit in knowing what we have given away a part of ourselves. As a result they are blessed and we are blessed.

This is leading to a program that is close to my heart and that’s Knit for Kids, which is run through World Vision. In the summer of 2014 I traveled to Kenya to help distribute sweaters, the very ones generous knitters had supplied for needy children. World Vision recently let me know there is a big need and they are asking for—get ready for it—32,000 blankets. When I first heard this number I gasped. Thirty-two thousand for babies and children who are desperately in need of something to keep them warm. Something that comes from your heart to theirs. Blankets that will bless them and then those blessings will stretch back through the miles to bless you.

So now, my friends, gather together your yarn and needles. Ready. Set. Knit.

STEP ONE

Choose a pattern to knit: (please note, yarn types, brands and colors in patterns are only suggestions. Please simply use any acrylic yarn)

Block Stitch Blanket

Bold Stripe Blanket

Garter Stitch Stripe Blanket

Crochet Pattern Blanket

In the meantime, check out these blanket specifications to use a pattern of your choice. Any blanket that meets these guidelines will work.

STEP TWO

Knit or Crochet! When you have your blanket complete, upload a picture to your social media account and tag it with: #K1B2

STEP THREE

Print the Knit One Bless Two Packing Slip and include this in your package. On the packing slip are two options for the address to send your package to.