Sorority will raffle 'Rainbow' with heart

Woman donates king-size bedspread that took her nearly two years to crochet

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Do you believe in the magic of rainbows? Juneau certified nursing assistant Molly Kay does. She spent nearly two years crocheting a king-size "Rainbow" bedspread, and she's donated it to the Sigma Chi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA), a women's community service organization in Juneau. ESA will raffle the bedspread during the holidays and donate the proceeds to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau.

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Kay, who has worked as a certified nursing assistant for the past 10 years, primarily through Hospice and Home Care, said she crocheted the colorful bedspread on her breaks and lunch breaks and when driving to visit family.

"I also worked on it the year I turned 50 and my sister and I drove up the Alcan Highway," she said, "so it has a little bit of its roots here in Alaska."

The bedspread, which Kay's friend Cindy Ahearn calls "Rainbow in the Clouds," has a rainbow pattern in its stitches and includes colors from red, orange, and yellow, to green, blues, lilac and purple.

"It's heavy Red Heart acrylic yarn and is machine washable," Kay said.

"In fact, I washed it in preparation for the raffle." The spread fits on a king-size bed and hangs over a couple of inches on each side, Kay said. On a full-size bed, it hangs down close to the floor.

ESA first showed the bedspread at the High Tea the organization sponsored on November 10 to raise money for Hospice and Home Care, and will show it and sell raffle tickets on weekends at Nugget Mall from now until Dec. 22.

"I'll get to do the drawing at 4 o'clock on December 22," Kay said. "I hope this will be a really special thing for someone to own."

Raffle tickets cost $5 apiece or $20 for five.

For more information call Molly Kay at 790-1955.

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