Since no ECF is complete with baby pictures, here's what we've got. A pair of cheesy pictures and sweet smiles. They were each saying "cheese!"
The Comfort Shawl is finished and blocked and here's a quickie photo - I'll tell more about this shawl soon when I can take the proper photo.
Afghan stats! Yes! But not stats from this afghan project.... how about a few details from the project that inspired "Rebuilding Greensburg - Block by Block".... the Hokie Healing afghan project.
- Hokie Healing was created as a project to make afghans to provide comfort and healing to the families of victims of the shooting that occured on the Virginia Tech campus earlier this year.
- Hokie Healing was created by one lady*, Gina Bonomo, who is the owner of Mosaic Yarns in Blacksburg, Virginia - the home of Virginia Tech. (*and supported by many others)
- To date the Hokie Healing project has collected 8298 squares!
- The first 32 afghans for Hokie Healing are for the families of the 32 people killed (I think they were all students but I'm not completely sure). Obviously they have more squares than needed to make just 32 afghans so they will continue seaming squares until they have used them all up - giving the afghans to injured people, then others who were in the classrooms and witnessed the events of that terrible day. You can see photos of those 32 afghans on display at the VT campus on her blog post here.
- Hokie Healing had a seaming event in June - you can see pictures here and some news video here (why aren't there any news channels in Wichita that even care about the Greensburg afghan project??) showing their seaming event.
- There were over 100 people at the Hokie Healing seaming party.
- The people... over 100 of them... seamed for seven hours straight.
- The people.... over 100 of them... seamed 20 afghans in that time.
- We need a lot of people to help seam 40-50 afghans in one day. A LOT OF PEOPLE.
- We need at least 200 people or more! I hope there's not something else going on in El Dorado that day because I'll be recruiting high school kids, ladies from the hospital auxiliary, every knitter in the state of Kansas, plus Kansas City and major cities of Oklahoma! OH MY GOSH we need a lot of people. The pastors. Their wives. Their children. High school kids. I already said that but OH - maybe I need to contact the 4H people in our county. The Home-Ec teacher at the high school (if they even call it that any more - I don't even know). I have to get a lot of help. OH, I can call the Community College and see if anyone there will help - OH, I know someone in my knitting meetup group who works at the Community College! That's a good thing. Okay, it's very very good to know some of these stats so that I can be well prepared for the seaming event. Hopefully I can get in touch with Gina and get some more specific information from her to help our seaming event be as efficient as possible.
Whew. Got a little excited there, or maybe nervous. This morning I was at the post office mailing something to Suzannah for her birthday (will not be there on time and does not contain the desired cell phone - I'm a terrible mother)... when at another window I heard a lady discussing the patterns she's mailing and how they don't qualify as Media Mail, blah blah blah. Patterns? What kind of patterns? I don't care (well, actually I am curious now that I think about it). She can probably seam afghan squares! So I waited outside the post office and attacked this lady when she came out. heh I told her as fast as I possibly could about the afghan project and seaming and we need 200 people and blah blah blah and she was so cool and excited about it! She has an eBay store and said she would link to the Rebuilding Greensburg project from her eBay store front and tell all her sewing friends! Yay! So anyway, I'm all about getting enough people to come help seam afghans now. I wonder who I'll attack next? heh
Daily Square Report - Thursday and Friday Combined:
Today we're adding 103 squares! Yippee!!! That makes 1837 received and 403 still needed! WooHoo!! But we have MORE than SQUARES! We have Other Stuff Too!! I've told you before that Fridays are FUN DAYS for afghan mail - my surprise today was a delightful box of good stuff from Jackie in Raleigh, North Carolina. Jackie sent not only squares, but also 1 scarf that I LOVE and want to make one just like it for my son, 1 precious pink hooded baby cardigan, 10 winter hats in sizes ranging from child to adult, and 9 sweet little hats ranging from preemie to infant size. What a fun package! And all of the other packages were very generous! I know I shouldn't do this but I'm getting kinda nervous about this project now - wanting to be sure that it all comes together as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Some things I just can't control but I'm still very psyched up about it and thinking about details of the project constantly. I'm always thinking "What's the next step?".
One thing I'm thinking about is seaming yarn. The yarn company I contacted will not be donating the requested yarn for seaming. So I need to decide how to handle that. I don't know yet exactly how much yarn I need. That will be determined more by how many squares we end up with! And I need to decide whether I will accept random donations of yarn from people (y'all have already been offering)... or should I try to somehow get the money to buy all one kind of yarn? Blah blah blah. Oh life is tough when this is the worst thing going on, right? Well, I'm just trying to get SO MANY PEOPLE to help with this and I don't want to get to a critical moment and realize I don't have enough seaming yarn or it looks like barf because we used random colors or who knows what. I'm going to have to pull together probably every plastic yarn needle in the city of Wichita to do this thing too. You probably wouldn't find 100 yarn needles if you bought every one from every Wal Mart and Michael's and Hobby Lobby in a five county area! I have a lot to think about! Not every person comes complete with their own Chibi and scissors. I might just have to do a fund raiser. Raffle? Donations with prizes? I need ideas.
Any and all suggestions brainstorms and ideas are WELCOME!! I will be chatting with my knitting group about this subject on Saturday morning at Panera, for SURE!
Today during nap time I have been burning a bit of nervous energy (good for the WLC which I still need to chat about but I don't think this will be the day). During today's nap time I opened two days of afghan mail, wrote most of this post, and cut down a tree. Well, half a tree. But yes - worked on our backyard make-over. I need to do a post about my favorite tools: chibi, bamboo knitting needles, magnetic board for holding lace charts, and my chain saw. Oh I do love my chain saw. I did take pictures but the babies are waking up so I'm running out of time!
Today's squares came from the following people:
- Lora - El Dorado, KS
- Erin - El Dorado, KS
- Pat - somewhere in Kansas but I don't think I know the city - thank you for dropping your squares at Heritage Hut, Pat!! :)
- The "H" Family - Wilmington, NC
- M.K. - Iowa Park, TX
- Barbara - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- Monica - Hemet, CA
- Theresa - Zip 97402 (Is that Portland? I don't have time to look it up!)
- Kirk - Lake Havasu City, AZ
- Jackie - Raleigh, NC
- Ruth Ann - Camino, CA (44 gorgeous squares!!!)
In addition to the great Other Stuff that Jackie sent, I got yet another box from the dear ones at Love's Many Cloths. This time it was Char in Culver, Oregon, who sent a box of little soaps to go with cloths that we've already received! Isn't that the sweetest idea!? And the box smells SO GOOD! heh
Everybody have a wonderful happy safe summer weekend and I'll see ya back here next time with more squares and hopefully a few bright ideas from my grrls at Panera tomorrow morning. :)