Saturday, 12 October 2013

Blanket coverage

Well, the time has finally arrived.  My son, Matt, and two other friends will be heading out to Hombolo in Tanzania NEXT Saturday!  The time has come around VERY quickly.  This will be Matt's second visit with the Northern Ireland Leprosy Mission to build houses for the villagers.

Way earlier in the year I asked my hookery friends if they would knit/crochet a blanket each for him to take out and give to the ladies of the village to use as bedding or to wrap sick children in.  WOW!  so far I have 12 blankets in all sizes and colours.  A massive thank you goes to all the ladies who have so far provided these.  I have also been given 4 baby hats and 8 wonderful patchwork bags for the girls in the village.  Thanks to Angela in Leicestershire for these.

Last weekend I also hosted a fund-raising coffee morning for the Hombolo team and I raised £600.  Thank you to all those who came or donated.  This money is to buy a GPS to map out the village and also to start funds off to sink a new well.

On Wednesday 16th October the hookit's will officially hand over their blankets to Grace, Matt and Ricky.  Photos will appear here soon.

Lots of us have also been making different blankets for ourselves and these too will be on show next Wednesday - Oceania, Mania, Pebbles and Lemony Snicket have all been crocheted from the same pattern but made using different colours and wools.  This was a very interesting experiment.  Watch this space for photos.


  1. Praying for Matt and his friends! As I learned to crochet on my visit to NI in 2011, it seemed appropriate to make a crochet blanket for him to take to Hombolo as a sort of thankoffering to you all for giving me the gift of hookery!!