A little bit of blue.
Yesterday a few people mentioned the pretty blue yarn I used for my Seed Square. I thought I would tell you a little bit about that yarn. It started with my dear friend Christine who put out the call for afghan squares when her brother was losing a long battle with cancer. She wanted to comfort him through his last weeks and days with an afghan of blue squares made by the people she drew encouragement and support from in the knitting community. I dyed this blue yarn and sent a square to her project Comforting Jef.
When I was ready to start my first square for Rebuilding Greensburg - Block by Block this was the yarn I reached for. I've been saving it for just the right occasion and this was it.
Now all that remains is the tiny ball above. What will I do with it? I will use it to make a square for Rebuilding Greensburg. I hoped to have my second square finished to show today but it hasn't come together yet. I've had a few emails to read! Hooray! I have had three questions come up over and over so here they are with answers:
I don't have any worsted wool but I have acrylic yarn will that be okay?
If it's yarn that you would feel comfortable using in an afghan for yourself or your family it'll be perfect for this project. The most important thing is that they're 8" squares.
What is the mailing deadline?
At this moment there is not a firm deadline. I'm anticipating that it will probably be around August 1st but we'll never turn a square away and all squares that are received will be made into afghans for the families of Greensburg. If your squares are ready please don't wait for the deadline! We want to begin seaming afghans as soon as we can!
Do you have any color preferences?
There is no color preference. Get wild! Use something that you HATE and can't bear to look at in your stash! It will be BEAUTIFUL paired with the other squares. Feel free to use yarn scraps and make a stripey square with various colors. It's a simple pattern and I'm encouraging everyone to get as crazy as they want with their colors!
One thing I will be doing with this project is making a care label to be added to each completed afghan stating the fiber content and care instructions. The label will also say that the squares were collected from people all over the .... where? So far it's US and Canada. I won't be surprised to have squares arrive from Europe, Asia and Australia before it's all over. Hopefully that tag will say the squares have come from all over the World. Finally the label will state who seamed it. I will probably seam a few myself but I won't be able to do it all. The ladies at my church will help and I think the Wichita KIP (Knit In Public) group will be helping as well. If a knitting group wants to send an afghan that's already seamed please send me your information so that I can personalize the label. We really want the people who receive these afgans to realize that there are caring individuals around the world who are thinking of them and want to offer comfort in any way they can.
Be sure to include a note with your square(s) for the family that receives the afghan with your square in it. I haven't decided yet the best way to present those notes to the recipients. Let me know if you have any ideas!
Let's see.... what else....
What? A Contest? Someone wants to know the results of my Comment Contest? OH! hehehehe
The original purpose of this contest was to celebrate my 3000th comment! Yay! We reached 3000! I also said that we would do a random drawing of names for people commenting on each post through the past week - you could qualify once per post with a total of seven chances per person in the drawing.
First the 3000th Commenter. Bright and early Sunday morning the 3000th comment was left by my dear friend Tracy of Wool Windings. Thank you all for being such wonderful friends and commenters. I really can't tell you how much you all mean to me and you're all awesome. Tracy is the lucky winner of a kit to make the Larger Than Life bag including the Interweave Crochet magazine that has the pattern, hand dyed worsted wool yarn, a lovely Brittney birch crochet hook and the bag lining sewn by me. I think Tracy said that if she won the bag then her daughter would crochet it. I wonder if her daughters knows she was volunteered for the task?! heh
Next up.... the random drawing! And I'm tellin' you - it was RANDOM! hehe
The winners are Kim of Knits With a Silent K and Marina of Stranded on Fair Isle! Congratulations Kim and Marina! You have each won a yet-to-be-determined prize which will be mailed as soon as I can get to it but don't look for it too soon. heh I promise it won't take a year. I've emailed you both. :)
Time for me to run. I've got babies to supervise. I've got squares to knit!
Everyone have a beautiful weekend!!