Good Rainy Monday Morning Everyone!! I have a LOT to talk about here.
First - I'm not even going to take the time for my little weight loss chart today. I weighed 209.5 this morning which is a success compared to where I was a few days ago. It's half a pound heavier than last Monday but I'm okay with that for now. My mid-week reality check slapped me into shape and I have been doing better about sticking to the meal plan at www.diabetescontrolforlife.com and also drinking at least 64oz of water per day. I also haven't been drinking coffee for several days and that seems to help too. I had one cup last night but other than that - nada.
Still not the most important thing of the day - I've made good progress on the Larger Than Life Tote and have pictures. Do you love this fabric or WHAT? I should be finished with the body of the bag this evening and will make the lining maybe tomorrow? Depends on what else I have going on - not sure yet. Here it is in pictures so far:
The fabric I chose is from Hancock Fabrics in their Quilting Shades collection - I think that's what it was called. This is the "Rust" color but they also had brown and burgundy. They all three looked great with these yarn colors so it was a hard choice! Don't forget to prewash your lining fabric when you make this tote! OH, and I picked two different zipper colors - one is Barberry and the other is Deep Purple! I was really into the idea of using a contrasting zipper color when I read the caption on the designer's flickr set stating that she used a great BLUE zipper in the original bag. Isn't that awesome!? It really goes with the feeling of the color variations and having it be a jumble of contrasting yet complimentary colors. I'm loving this pattern in every possible way!
I've taken a few pictures to do a little tutorial on hints and tips when making granny squares, which I think will be really helpful to anyone who is just learning to follow patterns, etc. I know I'm constantly learning new things as I knit and do other types of needlework (though knitting is still my main squeeze!) so maybe there will be a helpful tips for those who already know how to crochet as well. Watch for the tutorial in the next few days.
NOW for the most important part of this post.
Everyone on the planet seems to know about the tornado that destroyed Greensburg, Kansas on Friday night (local news coverage here). It was a town of 1400 people. Every church building was destroyed. Every business on main street was demolished. Every house was left shattered shredded and splintered. I know that despite their hopeful outlook at the moment, many of the people and families will eventually feel shattered shredded and splintered because the road to recovery from a total loss like that is long and difficult.
Sunday morning our pastor told us that they had a signup sheet ready for volunteers and by the end of the day the signup sheet was full and there was a plan in place to select a family to help clean up their property then rebuild their home from the ground up. We will know in about a week what family we are adopting and what their specific needs are - whether they have children, etc.
I can't go to Greensburg and help them clean up or build a house. But I can do something that many knitters have done - I'm going to knit squares and assemble an afghan for the family. I hope that you will help.
REBUILDING GREENSBURG - BLOCK BY BLOCK
What: 8" garter stitch squares knit from corner to corner on the bias
Fiber: Wool or Superwash Wool - Worsted Weight
Color: Any color - solid or variegated yarn
If you are interested in helping with this effort please email me for the address to send squares. Ladies at church have expressed an interest in helping. The finished afghan will be approximately 64" square (8 blocks long; 8 blocks wide). If we collect more than we need for our adopted family there are plenty of families who would love to receive a hand knit afghan.
I will be asking if the ladies at church are also interested in collecting quilt squares. There are quite a few quilters among them and I know there are also quilters among my knitting friends as well. I was thinking of 12" blocks with a flower basket theme - you pick whatever pattern you like. Let me know if anyone is interested in this idea.
Have a wonderful week and even if you can't help out with afghan squares please keep the Greensburg, Kansas families in your thoughts and prayers.
My button photo was used with permission from the photographer. Her original photo and tribute to the families of Greensburg, Kansas can be seen here on flickr.