The women who created the pink pussyhat project just wrapped up Welcome Blanket, which posed this question to knitters, crocheters, and sewing mavens everywhere: "The proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico is almost 2000 miles long. Imagine if the massive distance of this wall was re-conceptualized and re-contextualized not to divide, but to include. Instead of wall, a concrete line, to keep people out, what if lines of yarn became 3,500,640 yards of blankets to welcome people in?"
As someone whose volunteer work involves helping refugees and immigrants learn or improve their English skills, and who knit a whole lot of pussyhats at the beginning of the year, I couldn't help but be drawn to this project. I decided to re-teach myself to crochet granny squares, which I first learned from my own immigrant grandmother. I made two giant granny square welcome blankets, 40x40 inches, using machine washable wool, and with each I included a note about my family's immigration story as well as some general words of welcome and encouragement. Both blankets, sent to the Smart Museum in Chicago, will be donated to new Americans at the end of the exhibit. For more information and photos of the show at the museum, check out Welcome Blanket.