Is it an Impressionistic Kansas Landscape...?
Am I the only one who sees a far distant view across a field of corn or green wheat with a beautiful blue Kansas sky up above? Maybe squint a little..... now do you see it? The ladies knitting with me at Panera Bread this morning said they saw it so I couldn't be too crazy. hehe That strip of Blue Saturday Sky is yesterday's tiny ball of blue yarn left from the Comforting Jef afghan project. I love the way it came out looking like the sky in this square - totally unplanned but completely appropriate for the way I feel about that yarn.
This was square number two! And guess what.... I picked up six squares from the gals at Panera this morning! Isn't that AWESOME!? I'm so happy. Can you tell? :)
Square two.... and another on its heels. I'm using what I have to make these squares and I encourage EVERYONE to do the same! Use what you have! Think outside the box and have fun making this simple quick pattern. If I'm not chatting away with the gals at Panera I can usually finish one of these squares in about two hours. My daughter Suzannah finished HALF of one this morning and it was the first time she ever knit one! I was so proud of her and she's so excited to be contributing to the Greensburg afghan project! Yay!
If you don't have worsted weight yarn, substitute something else. Use whatever needle size is recommended on the ball band if you aren't sure where to start - needle size and gauge are NOT important - the most important thing is to aim for 8" squares. And I promise - they won't all be 8" squares. But I will *try to* wash and block squares as they come in and try to group ones together that are wanting to be a slightly smaller or larger size than 8". The important thing is that you send 'em on in! Don't forget that two strands of sock yarn held together = worsted weight yarn!! Go with a size US6, 7, or 8 needle and you're good!
A few days ago I contacted all of the local newspapers and TV networks via email to tell them about this project. None of them responded except the Wichita newspaper wrote back right away to ask if it was my project or a church project? I replied that I'm heading up the project and the church is supporting it with an address and help with seaming if needed. Then I didn't hear anything else. Last night I read an article that made me pause... One that stated there are many "Legitimate" agencies and charities helping but to watch for scams. Could those people be thinking I'm running some kind of a YARN SCAM?? OH SHEESH. Of course I thought of the crazy Blue Moon Fiber Arts story with their bank and all that. I thought "I need to tell the Yarn Harlot that the Muggles are at it again!" But then this morning as I was about to tell the knitting girls my fears.... Gwen reached for her bag and said, "Did you see that you're in the newspaper?"
My first thought was "This Erases Everything!" The project has been validated. Right there on May 11, 2007. Section A page 7 of the Wichita Eagle. Buddied up with United Way, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Pizza Hut, and Catholic Charities. We are REAL. I cried a tiny bit and then called my husband to let him know. He doesn't seem to realize that we will (hopefully) suddenly be surrounded by mountains of afghan squares. Katie does realize this. I mentioned the tentative deadline of August 1st to my friends at Panera and she said, "So when we get home from spending the summer in Texas the house will be full of THESE?" (that was good for a giggle!) I sure hope so Katie.
Y'all have a great evening and a wonderful Sunday. I've been posting so many days in a row I really need a rest. See you on Monday with what I hope is a great report on the Weight Loss Challenge! :)