While knitting an Afghan for my grandson to use in his college dorm, I thought about a blanket that could have a knitted stitch for every baby that was not wanted and would never be born--the NeverBorn. Statistics for estimated abortions performed in the U.S. since 1973 is rapidly approaching 61,000,000. Yes, that’s SIXTY-ONE MILLION.
A number that takes up an inch on a single line of text. My grandson's blanket was 90,000 stitches, so I thought it might be manageable as my personal cause.
Then I started crunching the numbers. Suddenly the task seemed immense. There was no way! It would take me 9 years – working 24/7– to knit that many stitches.
But the idea kept tugging at me. WHAT IF I HAD HELP? What if I could get thousands of people to knit or crochet only ONE square. (Approximately 15” x 15”, an average 6,350 - 7,300 stitches representing the NeverBorn.) Those squares would be joined together. That means I need almost 10,000 squares. But hopefully some people could knit 2, or 3 – or maybe even 9 squares (a complete Section.)