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Comfort knitting

We all know that knitters are good people. And that knitting is a wonderful way to show love and compassion for others. And that knitting brings us together, and that knitters together sometimes do quite wonderful things.
This is one of those things.
The Knitter magazine has chosen Macmillan Cancer Support as its charity of the year, and is asking knitters to make “comfort blankets” for the cause. That is, get together with your fibre friends to create a 40-square blanket, to be given to someone living with cancer and in fuel poverty. Think about that… someone who is sick, and feeling the cold more than usual, but unable to turn up the heat. Ouch.
The magazine is publishing patterns for the squares (each of which should measure 20cm per side) from stars like Debbie Bliss, Alice Starmore et al, so it’ll certainly be fun knitting and will create a beautiful result.
So here is what knitters need to do to take part in the Macmillan Comfort Blanket:
1. Download patterns from <a href="www.macmillan.org.uk/theknitter"
2. Register for a coffee morning or donate online at <a href="www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee" or call 0845 602 1246 quoting NA3
3. Knit squares with your knitting group
4. Take 40 beautiful squares and sew together into a Comfort Blanket
5. Send your Comfort Blanket to: The Knitter Macmillan Comfort Blanket, Future Publishing Ltd, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, BA1 2BW or drop it off with us at The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexander Palace.
They’re aiming for 100 blankets. Please spread the word.

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