My crocheted blanket is done! I finished the border with a saw-tooth kind of edging, and I really like it. Now I can send both to Knitting4Peace in Denver, and they will distribute next time they have a delivery to South Dakota. The knitted blanket is full/queen size, and the crocheted blanket is twin sized. Both are traditional tribal colors of black, white, red and yellow, and are made of acrylic for easy washing and hopefully durability. It is amazing how much yarn goes into these, especially the crocheted one; it weighs a ton! I hope that translates to being super warm.
From www.knitting4peace.org: “In 2010 women4women-knitting4peace officially recognized a “global area of conflict” in our country: the Oglala Lakota Nation in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota. About the size of Connecticut, Pine Ridge Reservation is the second-largest Native American reservation in the United States. Median income on Pine Ridge Reservation is approximately $2,600 to $4,000 per year. Unemployment rates are 80-90%. 97% of the population lives below the Federal poverty level. An average home houses 17 – 30 people. Some homes have dirt floors; most lack central heating; 39% have no electricity; 60% have no land-line phones; cell phones issued to residents do not operate in windy or stormy weather, in rural areas, or off the Reservation. Weather is extreme: summer temperatures frequently reach well over 110 degrees and in winter they plummet to -50 degrees or worse. ” If interested, please read more at www.knitting4peace.org, what we do, blankets of peace. Thank you.