WOOL-TYME is gathering crafters to help provide knitted or crocheted ‘security’ blankets to seriously ill children. The idea is to provide a hug and something soft for children to cuddle. The blankets are given ‘for keeps’ to children in various local care facilities and the children take them home when they leave.
Project Linus is the dream of Karen Loucks-Baker of Colorado. She was inspired on Christmas Eve 1995, by a photo of 3 year old cancer patient Laura Williams and her special blankie. Karen decided to provide homemade security blankets to Denver’s Rocky Mountain Children’s Cancer Centre and Project Linus was born.
You can help by making a blanket from your own yarn or by donating yarn to help someone else make a blanket. Free patterns are available at WOOL-TYME. This is a great way to help the community and feel good about using up those odds and ends. Blankets may be any design and colour combination you like. All blankets must be made with new materials (knitted, crochet, quilted, sewn, etc.) and be machine washable and dryable.
Once we receive the blankets, our Project Linus Blanketeers will attach a label that says Made With Tender Loving Care for Project Linus. CHEO requests that blankets for them be at least 91.5 cm x 122 cm (36 in. x 48 in.) and be made from synthetic materials (no wool).
Your finished blanket or yarn donation can be dropped off at WOOL-TYME during regular business hours. Please ensure your donation is free from odour (e.g. smoke) or pet hair.
You can also join our Project Linus Blanketeers on the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Wool-Tyme, 190 Colonnade Rd S, Ottawa.