The blanket in this photo was created by strangers and gifted to us after the Canberra Firestorm in 2003 through the #WrapUpCanberra project. There is something special about hand made things and this one has certainly become a much loved treasure – replacing many that were lost.
Ten years later, my Mum and I found ourselves knitting squares to contribute to a similar project ‘Woolies for Tassie’ creating blankets for Tasmanian’s who had lost their homes in bushfires.
It was such a rewarding experience for us and we decided to keep knitting and start our own project for Hope blankets (listen to our podcast episode and the story of Disaster and Hope to learn more about how the sweet character Hope appears to assist disaster survivors).
Since starting the project in 2010 we have received donations from already established knitting groups, residential aged care facilities and even people just learning to knit, of both completed blankets and squares. We have even received beautiful quilts and expanded the on-going project to include any hand-made blankets.
If you would like to like to be involved…either by knitting, donating yarn or contributing towards yarn and shipping costs to send blankets please feel free to contact us (or see the details below).
Our goal with the blankets is to provide a tangible reminder of hope to disaster survivors that we meet, as well let them know about our growing online community that they can join anytime.
We acknowledge the incredible contributions made by many other blanket groups and projects (around the world including Wrap with Love) and are not trying to replace or replicate them.
This project has simply become a meaningful and healing way for us (and others) to connect and give back…
To nominate a disaster survivor or request a blanket yourself please email – firstname.lastname@example.org we’d love to welcome your loved one to the #blanketclub
To assist the project –
Squares can be either knitted or crocheted and are ideally 20cm (approx 8 inches) square.
We also accept complete blankets ideally 7×9 squares, or 140cm x 180cm.
Blankets can be sent to us at PO Box 178 Byron Bay 2481.
In some cases collection can be arranged.
Feel free to contact with any questions.
If you are not crafty, donations of yarn or money (towards purchasing yarn/sending blankets) are also greatly appreciated.
Here Comes Hope HQ is located on Bundjalung Country, in Northern NSW, Australia.
We acknowledge all traditional custodians of this land and celebrate their enduring connections to Country, knowledge and stories.
We pay our respects to Elders and ancestors who watch over us and guide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.