You might be asking why I would choose a topic like blankets for kids for today's blog. The picture of the "Winter wonderland" is my backyard. We're currently experiencing a Nor'easter (in March, yes.) here in the Northern Adirondacks and in the North East. While to some, it may not seem like there should be a problem providing warmth for children, the fact is, that we do have a problem. We have a problem in the United States where 2.8 million children with families lived in "worst-case" substandard housing according to a 2015 Housing and Urban Development study Picture that globally? Of course we're not going to tackle the problem of substandard housing with knitting needles, a crochet hook, or a sewing machine. We can do something to provide warmth, hope, and a reprieve from the isolation of poverty.
Most of us are naturally limited in how much time or finances we can dedicate to our charity work. We have 2 hands, 24 hours, 365 days, and bank accounts. We clip coupons, hit sales, gratefully accept yarn from someone destashing, schedule crafting time, set aside time on our "vacation days" and rely on the generosity of free patterns to aid us in doing the work we love. I write these blogs so that those of us who work within limits can have boundless impact.
Blankets, are a part of the lexicon of our culture. They speak a language all their own. As fiber artists we probably all have a story of a handmade blankets that have become the "most favorite" blanket EVER. :) This is why I thought, on this VERY snowy day, I would share some links to freely published kid blankets. (remember the designs and pictures are the work of the designers and deserve recognition. Don't take the designs and pictures, then call them your own)
Some of my favorite blanket patterns have animal themes. My son loved animals as a kid. He'd usually have a plastic animal toy tucked in a pocket of his pants or overalls. Kids do love animals whether forest animals or prehistoric animals there are a lot of free patterns to choose from!
Superheroes are very big theme running through pop culture right now. of course fiber artists aren't far behind. There are are some really fun blankets to make up for kids who need a smile.
Naturally one couldn't have kid blankets without some space and fantasy themes.
We simply must have color! Yes kids love color, they need color to stimulate their brains, and what better way to give a huge smile than a happy colored blanket?
Sewists yes, we have something for you too!
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