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Sunday, June 2, 2013

One rug's journey...

Last year I made a throw out of oddments of of 'autumn tones' yarns. Some of the yarns had been donated to K4BN and I had gathered up some of these balls of yarn with the idea of making a throw rug with the scraps I had leftover from a personal project in the middle of the year; this project had also used autumn colours.


I decided to experiment by just making the throw in plain old garter stitch, no slip stitches, yarn overs, knit togethers or cables, no counting to keep patterns correct...just knit.  It was quick to grow...but working on other projects as well, it wasn't until  December that I handed the finished throw over for it to be distributed to someone who needed it.

Then, early this year, I was asked if I would mind if it was used for a raffle that the group was having. I certainly didn't mind but I hoped that it was 'good enough' for a prize... remember it was just plain garter stitch. The raffle was drawn on the Friday May 10 and the person who won the throw rug was a fellow blogger who lives in northern NSW. This lady very generously donates items to K4BN and just before the raffle draw, Nanette had bought a number of polar fleece jumpers for the group to distribute. So I was thrilled that she had won a prize.


While I was in New Zealand I emailed Nanette and asked her if she had received her prize yet. Now this is the reply I got from this amazing lady...

I was so excited to win the first prize of your rug, I have seen the progress of them on your blog.  I do hope though that you won't be offended, I asked Karen to find someone who needed a rug more than I do....even one of your beautifully crafted ones.  She had the perfect recipient, a young woman due to have a baby in a week or two, whose husband was killed in a car accident the very night she was going to tell him she was pregnant. I don't know all the details, but she ended up losing their house and has been virtually homeless, going from friend to friend and sleeping on their sofas. A sad, sad story...one of many I know, but it sounds like she truly needs a lovely woolly hug.  I have a little quilt nearly finished for her baby, a little boy.

I admit it! I shed a tear or two when I read that... what a lovely gesture! And Nanette was also making a baby quilt too! 
What a sad story...I hope Karen is able to find out how this young woman is managing now...I hope that she is enjoying the warmth of the throw that I had made or that it is being placed on the floor for the baby to lie on/ roll around on...I like that idea!!

Now that raffle that I mentioned, had lots and lots of prizes and I won something! It's always lovely to win something! lol
Crocheted cats' patterns aplenty!


8 comments:

Noela said...

Your right about the story, it brought some tears to my eyes as well. Hope Mum and bub are doing well. Hugs.....

Naturally Carol said...

I love that story too! It is a sad indictment on our society though that we can't find a home for a pregnant widow and that she lost everything. It is a lovely rug and I'm sure she is now proud to own it! I looked at the book you've won a couple of weeks ago in Lincraft and was very tempted to buy it as it is so cute!

Susan said...

OMGosh - how sad - but how beautiful is Nanette . . .
Those cats look pretty cute...and you rug looked lovely...

Marilyn said...

What a wonderful person to give the beautiful rug away, but to someone who is in such a difficult position. Such a sad situation for her.

Dorothy said...

Beautiful story Maria and I'm betting the young mum really appreciated the blanket. It's gorgeous - you must have had a zillion stitches on the needles !!

Paul Forster said...

A lovely gesture by Nanette!

allotmentadventureswithjean said...

A beautiful rug Maria, given to a person in need.

Tatkis said...

Sad story, but the rug is so beautiful - I'm sure this girl is enjoying it!

Hugs,
Tatyana