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Pam's Comfort Cables Afghan

Monday, May 23, 2010

"I have the afghan around me right now, and it has given me several "hugs" along my journey.

You are an amazing group, your talents are endless, I'm awestruck and so honored. Thank you all, so much, for your generous talent and kindness. All my non-crochet friends are blown away by all of you." -Pam

Pam's words dissolved any and all stress I might have felt back in October 2010 when I committed to designing a cable crochet block to support one of my fellow crochet designers who was going through chemotherapy. Adding one more "have-to" crochet project to my already long list of "to-dos" with deadlines was a bit overwhelming at the time. I knew in my heart, though, that I wanted to do it and so I just got on with the task. Now that our booklet is released and selling for a good cause, I am proud and elated that I chose to be a part of this honorable crochet task!

Cable crochet is intriguing and challenging to me. I have taught it and I love the look of the finished cable; they are so elegant and sophisticated looking. Here's the square I designed:
When a dear, designer friend told us that she was fighting breast cancer, we wanted to let her know that we were thinking of her during this challenging time. We created this crocheted afghan using the colors she loves: grays and silver, and pink which represents her fight with breast cancer. We also incorporated her favorite stitch design, namely cables, for each square representing our love, prayers, and thoughts. We knew each time she wrapped this afghan around her, she would be reminded of our added strength, helping and comforting her as she made her way through this difficult journey. Pam is the "Queen of Cables" and she writes on her blog at:

You, too, can also help someone you know who is going through a difficult time. Crochet this afghan using the colors in this sample, or change them for your recipient. Work each square as given, placing them according to the schematic, or crochet only those squares you want to, and arrange them how you want. You can even crochet just one of the squares, 30 times. Your gift, however you make it, will be greatly appreciated and loved, and will give comfort, warmth and love when needed.

Including patterns from crochet designers such as Drew Emborsky, Diane Moyer, Karen Ratto-Whooley, Gwen Blakley Kinsler, Tracie Barrett, Dee Stanziano, Lisa Gentry, Margaret Hubert, Tammy Hildebrand, Angela Best, Kim Kotary, Mary Beth Temple, Jill Hanratty, Kristin Omdahl, Vashti Braha, Ellen Gormley, Marty Miller, Robyn Chachula, Amy O’Neill Houck, Annie Modesitt, Bendy Carter, Doris Chan, and Mary Jane Hall

Details about the book:
20 pages including front cover, table of contents, and contributor's page
24 cabled designs
100% of proceeds go to Pam Gillette


http://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/Pam’s_Comfort_Cables_Crochet_Afghan__D11064220.html

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