Greetings all. This is just a quick post to say that I’ve just returned from the dialysis unit of the Royal London Hospital where I dropped off the last two of the seven blankets from Crochet For Kidney Research UK.
My personal favourite is the cotton blanket. It has three smiling Kidney Granny Squares which I love. They’re so unexpected and cheery nestled amongst the sensible, grown-up squares. I do hope the recipient of the cotton blanket feels the same. If not, the flowers and hearts should do the trick.
I didn’t spend a lot of time in the dialysis unit as I used my lunch hour to drop off the blankets. I’m also going to be honest here and say that being back there reminded me of seeing John so very unwell from the nasty side effects of the pain medication after last year’s transplant. Walking through the Renal ward again, I was grateful that John and Pieter are both in such excellent health now, but that doesn’t mean I was able to face being back in the hospital. It might sound spineless and uncharitable for not chatting with the people in the dialysis unit, but I just couldn’t. I would rather pour all my energies, positive thoughts and happy vibes into making the crochet blankets.
I’m now even more inspired and excited about Crochet for Kidneys – Part II. Lots and lots of pretty, bright hexagons for even more dialysis patients! Now that the blankets from Part I are done, I can also begin working on the hexagons for Part II. I just have to finish my Sunset Shades scarf first. Geez, that one is a long time coming. Do you remember? My last post about that beautiful scarf was on 8 October! I have so many plans for that scarf. It’s going to be the cornerstone of More Pretty Things so please excuse me if use a bit of the Christmas and New Year holiday break to finish my scarf first.
Saying that, I can’t expect you all to make hexagons for charity blankets and I do absolutely nothing, so I wrote up a hexagon patterns for you which I will blog soon. It’s only fair, right? And of course, once the scarf is done, I’ll be hexagoning like crazy.
Now that I’m sitting back at my desk in the office, blogging about what I did at lunch time, I do hope that we’ve managed to cheer up two people in the dialysis unit today, even just for a little while. I know a blanket won’t cure their kidney failure, but maybe it can remind them that there are people out there who want them to feel better even though we are strangers.
And I also realise once again that
***we all have so much to be grateful for every day***
Very lovely!, my favorite one is the square with the little heart. super cute!
I don’t think you should feel bad for one second. What you have done is worth any amount of time talking. Everyone has different strengths. X
Thanks, that’s very kind of you to say. xxxx
Not just said – believed.
Go on, and finish that scarf, you deserve something for yourself 🙂 In the meantime others will make some hexagons, don’t you worry. I have already made some, and also allowed myself to do a little advertisement of Crochet for Kidneys on my blog. Who knows, there might be someone who will read it and join the movement…
You’ve done a fantastic job, Natasja.
The blankets are beautiful – and you are certainly not spineless and uncharitable for not stopping longer. Any ward with sick patients is difficult for someone who is fit and healthy to walk through …. and particularly a dialysis unit where you know that what you see has become a way of life for many who are not fortunate enough, for whatever reason, to have a live donor in the wings or be placed on the cadaveric transplant waiting list. What you have started is a wonderful thing and brings pleasure to many .. not just to the patients, but also to those of us who are busy crocheting hexagons whilst watching TV of an evening. I think you may have started something that could run and run ……. xx
Thanks Gill for your kind words and making me feel better. I always thought that this crochet blanket project could be an excellent way of giving crocheters a “purpose” of sorts. We love to crochet but we don’t always know who to give our crochet too and a sofa can only take so many cushions and familymembers can only wear so many scarves 🙂 I agree that making blankets for dialysis patients could go on for a very long time and make a lot of people very happy 🙂
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