Crocheting for a Cause

Sometimes a cause appears and you can’t not participate.  For most of the Facebook world this year it was the ALS ice bucket challenge.  For me it was Breast Cancer Awareness.

You see, a friend of mine was diagnosed earlier this year.  Seemingly out of nowhere, she was flat out one day building a new business and community, and then wham! Lumpectomy, radiotherapy, and now chemotherapy, followed by five years of medication.

Lana started a campaign to encourage women to stay on top of checking their breasts, which is something I thought I did regularly, until I stumbled across this video:

I had no idea of some of these symptoms, and holy shit, I had one of them.  Panic ensued, and I was off to the doc faster than you can spell mammogram.  I was referred quickly to have a scan and ultrasound, and after a week of extreme stress I was given the all-clear.  Thankfully I was not one of the 1 in almost 230 women my age who develop breast cancer.  But, I have to monitor my breasts very closely to make sure there are no changes.  Quite the near-miss to say the least.

But what does this have to do with crochet?  Well.  A while back, via via on Instagram, I came across a fabulous post requesting submissions for a Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness blanket, all the way home in Australia.  You see, October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so the timing was perfect.

http://instagram.com/p/tpSBX6vbfj/?modal=true

How could I not participate?  I immediately got to crocheting my square, digging around in my stash until I found the right colours, and whipped this up, based on a pattern by local designer Pukado:

I popped it in the post, and this week I saw the latest blanket ready to be stitched together – what a beautiful, love-filled blanket!

Instagram project by @insta_yarn_folk, bringing together pink squares from all over the world, all to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.  So many wonderful people have come together to contribute, it's a beautiful cause.  #breastcancer #pinkribbon

It feels great that I could help contribute towards such a wonderful, important cause, and that somewhere in Australia, a woman in great need of comfort is going to receive this blanket and know that there are thousands of women out there supporting her.

Isn’t it amazing?

One response to “Crocheting for a Cause

  1. What a great project! I like to crochet for charity projects too. Earlier this year, I made a blanket (with lots of helpers) which was auctioned off 🙂 Keep on the great work!
    Take care
    Anne
    http://crochetbetweentwoworlds.blogspot.de

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