Operation Purple Heart

I assembled an Operation Purple Heart afghan to be sent to a grieving mother who lost her 19-year-old son serving in the Army in Mosul, Iraq. The young PFc. was awarded a Purple Heart posthumously. I do this to honor him and in memory of my father who was awarded a Purple Heart in WWII. The crocheted squares were sent to me from across the country to honor this young man and to comfort his family. Heartmade Blessings has reached to many in times of need. 

It has a picot edging.

The ghan is folded and ready to send to the family in South Dakota. May the Lord bless them in their mourning. Thank you, Father, for the life and patriotism of this young man.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. ---2 Corinthians 1:3-4


Paula said...

Pooch, that is just the most heart warming gift! The afghan is just beautiful! I love the colors and the Purple heart. What a wonderful charity, I saved the site of the charity to my computer and I want to make something for it later this spring.

Also- I just got my Map of the World Pattern in the mail yesterday from vogue. I am so excited to get started collecting the yarn for it. But after a sober moment with a bit of tea and chocolate I decided that i have to finish all my current projects and charity knitting first then I will start searching for the yarn! Talk about motivation to finish the current UFO's! :) The pattern they sent me is soooooo tiny print that I have to use a magnifying glass to read it. The pattern calls for 20 balls of Donegal tweed yarn and size U.S. #5 needles. I am thinking I may want to knit it in a washable wool and also increase my gauge a whole size up one.
Do you have any hints or tips from working on this pattern to prepare me for the largest knit of my life? :)

Shelley said...

What a sweet and thoughtful thing to do! I'm sure the family will love, cherish and appreciate it and all the hard work that went into making it. It is simply beautiful!

Pooch said...

Oh, Paula!! You're going to have fun with this!! I am using Plymouth Encore which is 75% acrylic & 25% wool. I couldn't find a suitable tweed to substitute, though I love the look of it in this ghan. The Encore is so soft and a dream to work with.

I have to get back to mine since I've been working on too many other projects lately.

Glad you're going to make it so we can compare notes!!


Pooch said...

Thank you, Shelley. I took a break from assembling for a while--for health reasons--but also for an emotional break. After a while, it gets overwhelming. I treasure the thank you notes from families, though that is not the reason I do it. Sometimes they send a photo of the dear one they've lost. One lady is saving it for the soldier's daughter who was 3 when he died. She's going to give it to his child when she's older.

It's so little compared to what the military does for us each day. It has nothing to do with politics or how one feels about the war. It's a blessing to bless others.


ttbookjunkie said...

Pooch what a wondeful blanket. I am sure that the mother will love it. Fantastic job...

Amanda :)

Pooch said...

HI Amanda,
I'm not happy with the placement of the squares. It could have been much more pleasing to the eye. It was done in a semi-random fashion, which I now regret. Normally, I place them for balance and aesthetic quality. However, there are many prayers and love in those stitches, so I know that makes up for my assembly faux pas!