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For this year’s Regifting project, I wanted to incorporate my hobby of creating soft and cozy blankets/sweaters/hats/etc. for people I love. I began knitting ten years ago and often have several projects going at a time. A friend and I are even planning a trip to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival this March.

My project came together when I connected with Judi and Penny, Chapter Coordinators for Project Linus. The organization strives to “provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer ‘blanketeers.’”

Measuring another blanket

The North and Central Chicagoland chapter of Project Linus is one of 350 nationwide. They partner with “20 local hospitals and 19 agencies that serve Chicagoland children. Nurses, child life specialists and agency staff distribute blankets to children who need the comfort of a blanket hug.” In the chapter’s November newsletter, they shared the exciting news that they have donated over 11,294 blankets in 2018, bringing their grand total to 154,573 blankets given since the chapter was founded!

Linda knitting

With this year’s project, I was able to add another 20 fleece blankets to their yearly total. I took care to pick out fabric that is soft and snuggly, and I hope the blankets can go on to bring some comfort to children during a difficult time.

To learn more about Project Linus, visit their website or subscribe to their quarterly newsletter.