I am a member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Schaumburg, IL. As a sub-group of our Mission Quilters, the Layette Group is busy every fall assembling layettes that are sent overseas through Lutheran World Relief. The layettes include soap, wash clothes, towels, cloth diapers, t-shirts, sleepers, sweaters, receiving blankets and a baby blanket or baby afghan. The sweaters and afghans are typically crocheted or knitted. We use the baby blankets/afghans to wrap up all the other necessities and we close it with diaper pins. The number of layettes our church assembles has been growing every year, with last year being our largest to date with 73 layettes completed. We could have assembled more, but we ran out of blankets.
The ladies that crochet and knit have worked very hard. Joyce Petersen is our leader for the Layettes Group. She is a very caring person and her love for what she always calls "God's precious gifts" - the babies - has given us the motivation to always do more.
This year, rather than ask the crocheters we already have to make more, I wanted to involve more people in our church in this overseas mission. Trying to emmulate Joyce's enthusiasm, I held a crochet class two nights in January, 2004. There were a total of 21 people that came on those two nights. Some already knew how to crochet, but they came for the fellowship. Most others had never held a crochet hook at all. It is now four months later and we have, at last count, over 50 afghans made. This is my best guess, as some people are making the afghans at home and storing them there until we need them at the church. One of our "Loopy Ladies", as we are called, is a first time crocheter and the last time we got together, she brought three blankets! It was overwhelming!
In the beginning, we held a 2-hour class, but everyone wanted to keep coming and now we meet for 3 hours on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. We'll even meet in the summer and bring our chairs and sit outside to crochet. For the Loopy Ladies, crocheting is more than a passion for the art, it is a passion for the unfortunate. As we understand it, one layette is sometimes taken apart and shared by several families. As for an estimate of how many people we are helping? I would say you could multiply the number of layettes we assemble by three.
As for the yarn that we use, we get many donations of all types of yarn and I’m sure some of which is Lion Brand!
Our group is open to anyone. We have had 80 year-old women and an 10 year old boy (see the attached picture). He made a bracelet for his sister. We would welcome anyone in the area to come and join us!
Thank you for promoting the great cause of crocheting for others. Doing so warms you twice – once when you are crocheting the gift and again when you give it away to someone in need.