In the U.S, more than 100,000 people undergo a mastectomy due to breast cancer. In a mastectomy, a person’s breast or breasts is/are removed because of breast cancer. The feeling of losing a part of one’s body can probably not be described. Even the clothes that people wear start looking differently on them after this surgery.
Ever since the global pandemic began, we have been stuck in an unpleasant rut and things have gotten more monotonous than ever. Some people found excitement in making dalgona coffee or banana bread; For me it was crocheting.
The squares that you send in have a similar trajectory. They’re all different. Unique, down to the very texture of the yarn that builds them; right from different colors and different patterns to different makers. I sincerely apologize for my incessant use of repetition, but the threshold must be met.
Crochet, knitting and stitching have always been like ‘alien’ activities to me. Knowing that it requires patience and practice, I’ve never tried any of them. I would rather watch a movie in the dark with a bucket full of fries, or go out and play badminton or football on an extremely sunny day. “I don’t have the time, patience or the attention span to knit,” was what I always thought.
It began six months ago when our founders – Sahana Athreya and Edha Singh – sent out a survey. They wanted to see how many people they knew that crocheted or could knit or stitch. That survey was what got the ball rolling. We did start small.
The Share A Square Team conducted a set of webinars over the month to help people get started with knitting, stitching and crocheting. These webinars were introductory classes that turned a would-be classroom situation into a friendly roundtable hangout.
Is it really always necessary to use fresh yarn, proper knitting/crocheting tools or new fabric to make blankets? Absolutely not. We’re just looking to provide warm and comfortable blankets – while we’re at it, we want to make sure we’re making the best use of our existing resources and looking at easy to access alternatives. It’s time to go beyond traditional supplies.
Oh, but they do!
As a grassroots organisation, we regard small businesses and grassroots movements with great respect. As we pick up momentum, we’d like for them to, too.