When Dale Cox first came up with the idea to celebrate Canada 150 with a couple of blankets, she had no clue how fast the project would grow.
The Georgetown woman originally thought she and a few people from the community would knit 150 red and white panels to create a few blankets, which they would donate to charity. Each blanket also incorporates a knitted maple leaf and a 150.
But the Knit Canada 150 Blanket Project started to inspire others with a gift for crafting.
The original “purl” of an idea has expanded to more than 175 knitters and crocheters creating over 1,750 panels.
“It exploded on its own” Cox said, “It just kept going. I’m overwhelmed by the idea.”
And the project has expanded well beyond Cox’s hometown.
She said panels are now being sent in from communities across the GTA.
With the growth of the program came a new goal – to get 2,017 panels done, to honour the year.
Cox said if they can do it, there will be enough to make 50 of the giant red and white afghans.
The group will continue to accept panels until the end of the year.
To get involved in the project, email Dale Cox