Blanket Babes

CROCHET GROUP

By Janell Meador

“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.”—Mandy Hale

On Sunday afternoons in the Starbucks courtyard in San Miguel de Allende there is a riot going on—a riot of color that stops people strolling by with their lattes. “What is it? It is so beautiful!” “Que lindo!” The Blanket Babes crochet stunning 12-inch squares out of brilliant colors of yarn. The squares are then put together to make blankets the Babes are proud to give families who receive Casita Linda homes. Casita Linda is a Mexican nonprofit in San Miguel de Allende, building houses for families living in extreme poverty. The Casita Linda organization believes a safe and secure home fulfills a very basic family need, a basic thing most of us take for granted, and can change lives.

The Blanket Babes are on a mission to add beauty and warmth to these homes. The blankets are works of art, each taking over 150 hours to complete. Each child in the family receives a blanket of his or her own, as do the parents. Since their beginning two-and-a-half years ago, the Babes have created 46 blankets—that is over 6,900 hours of crochet and countless skeins of yarn. Casita Linda has plans for 27 more houses to be built near the dump, and many of these are for large families. If you are accomplished at crochet, BBs need your help—please join us from 2–5pm any Sunday in the courtyard at Starbucks.

Blanket Babes laugh and tell stories while working, and they share a photo album of happy families and their blankets with people who stop. A donation jar on the table is for pesos to buy more yarn. See beautiful photos and like us on Facebook: Blanket Babes (public group).

 

Crochet Group

Starbucks Courtyard

Sundays, 2–5pm

 

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