Yesterday I reached my own Table Mountain! Back in April when I started making squares I set myself a target of 10 blankets. I got so carried away with it they were soon done. What next I asked myself! Aim high I said to myself and added a nought. 100 blankets!! Well my house went to rack and ruin and off I went. Then a few months later I said to myself again "by the end of the year", thinking this was a tall order but nothing ventured nothing gained! Well I failed!! I finished the hundredth blanket(3500 squares) yesterday 5th January - 5 days late but I don't suppose 5 days make that much difference. The shop where I get the wool think I am a mad woman as I buy 30/40 balls of wool at a time! Maybe I am a bit mad but I LOVE IT. It gives me such a good feeling to feel I am bringing a little comfort and warmth to children who have very little in life.

A few weeks ago I put an appeal in my local church for people to knit squares and to date have received 258 and today (having reached my own goal) I resized some of them and butterflied others, so they will be sailing away soon. I am hoping to extend the scheme to other churches in lLiverpool.

Now I am going to have to set myself a new target - and I'm scared. Still what else would I do in retirement - watch television, fall asleep in the chair, do housework? No chance. I will do what I love - make blankets!

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Comment by Susie Haynes on January 19, 2015 at 5:22am

Cath, I think your total is amazing, well done.

It is such a rewarding cause to knit for. I don't aim to be anywhere near your totals. Probably only 50 to 60 squares a year but with everyone helping across so many countries it soon adds up for the children.

I am so pleased you are able to inspire others to help you. Keep it up!

Comment by mary on January 10, 2015 at 11:39pm

wow! Cath! thats wonderful my target is 30 I have a vague idea its the average creche size! btw if you go out and spread the word join more craft groups etc then you extend your social circle too. I'm lucky as I work mostly on the phone and I can do a few crochet stitches inbetween calls!

Comment by Cath Riley on January 9, 2015 at 7:20am
Thanks for the good comments. When I was working I hardly knitted at all - I was too tired and what time I had I spent with my family, but after having had a busy life I couldn't sit and do nothing - hence the knitting. Started off knitting baby cardigans for no one in particular but when I got to 35 I decided it was pointless. After that I knitted hats to raise funds for a local children's hospice - 250 of them! Then I discovered KAS and I was/am happy. I would post more photos but find it so difficult! Last time it took me about 2 hours!!
Comment by Sharon Fennell on January 8, 2015 at 11:17am
Wow Cath that is absolutely amazing, I thought I did well when I set myself a target of 12 blankets for the year and achieved this. Unfortunately I am still working so that Is my excuse. I know you shouldn't wish your life away but I can't wait to retire so I could spend all my time knitting. Well done Cath, keep the photos coming,please update us on your next target :-))) xx
Comment by Linda Maltby on January 7, 2015 at 8:45am

Wow Cath !   You are a knitting machine !   Think of all the children who will be cozy and warm this winter.

Wonderful that your local church have responded so generously. Anne Powell has a great arrangement with her church to raise postage for the squares she and her church family send.  

I agree about what to do in retirement....housework has always come in last for me :-)

Comment by Christine Johnson on January 7, 2015 at 8:40am

That is stupendous! I make that approx. 100 squares a week - I don't think many of us can claim to achieve that. I just had a look at your photos and they are beautiful blankets too. That is wonderful and we are so pleased that you joined with us, even if you have raised the bar.

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