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Blanket Mo-Jo Has Returned

I am happy to say that I am back at the blanket making for Afghans for Afghans.  I got the final square (or so I thought) completed, laid them out, and guess who showed up for inspection:

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Isadora wants to be sure that the squares are properly blocked, that’s it I’m sure. Of course, it could be that the square matches her eyes.

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There are a few things to work out on this blanket – it has some odd-shaped squares.  One of them I’m giving up on completely because it’s not even close to being a rectangle.  Two others are too large.  One will be steeked, the other I’ve figured out a cute folding thing that will make it a feature.  So, one more square to knit, four to edge with crochet, and then it’ll get put together.

Now that I’ve started back on the blanket, I’m even looking at the sale yarn that I got at Bluebird in their summer sale.  I realize that I need to work on a new technique to have enough interest in the blanket.  So, I’m pondering that – maybe some knit 1 below for the whole blanket? We shall see.

And I am working on the shawl pattern.  I need to get all picky about making sure that the stitch counts are working, and take some good photos tomorrow.

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De Blanket

Well, working on the blanket took a bit more time than I thought, it was a busy weekend. I think it was appropriate that I finished this beautiful baby blanket on Mother’s Day. Many thanks to pdxknitterati for her wonderful mitered square pattern (and catching the error that I made in making the square larger)  that we used for this beautiful blanket.

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We had the following knitters on this project:

Emily, Tallahassee FL
Jane, Martinsburg WV
Gwendolina Champaign IL
Joanie, Mahtomedi MN
Jen, Petaluma CA
Kristy, New Haven, CT
Brenda, New Haven, CT
Marci, Silver Spring MD
Donna, New York NY
Pearl, Shelton WA
and me.

The edging looks like this:

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It’s a garter stitch edging from the first Mason-Dixon Knitting book, and worked on each of the four sides, then sewn together to lovely points.

I think there is just one problem with the blanket:

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The kitties have fallen in love with it, and I’m not sure I can sneak it out to mail it:

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Yet more squares

Church folks are kicking up the square counts, that’s for sure.

These are some from the Sausalito Presbyterian Church and their friends:

SPC Squares

That pile of cream, brown and green? Those are knitted by Alison, who has her grandmother’s knitting needle set, and she only knows the knit stitch at the moment, but she is already doing stripes. I need to teach her to purl fast!

And I got a bunch this morning from Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian:

SHPCsquares

Some great knitters and crocheters in that crowd! Almost one whole blanket’s worth in a couple of weeks.

and there are more to pick-up at Bluebird, I’m sure. That’ll happen Thursday.

I’m making progress on the blanket that I’m putting together. We decided last Thursday to single crochet all around the edges of each square, then single crochet them together, and finally add a half-double-crochet as an edge around the whole blanket. I’m in the middle of putting together strips:

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And of course, the feline inspection was a part of the photo-op. Izzie is not camera-shy!

and have woven in the ends and blocked another (I didn’t put this one together). Here, Brandy gives her best impression of Lana Turner):

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Making Connections

The squares are coming in, and we’re trying to stay ahead of the game in putting them together.  This is not a hard task, but it requires persistence.  Four of us gathered at Marty’s for some learning and joining:

SPC folks work on blankets

We first reviewed the progress from last week, and as you can tell, Marty is most pleased with the progress that she made on her blanket:

Marty Smiles at blanket

But there are more blankets. Marty Rouse is doing at least one on her own with her fab crochet skills, and we plotted out a couple of blankets here:

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and here:

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And there’s at least one more.

In separate news, the knitting of Sandy’s shawl is over, and I’m happy with it!

Julia's Shawl 1d

Julia's Shawl 1c

Hoping to mail this on Monday!

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Squares and More Squares

The partnership between Sausalito Presbyterian Church and Bluebird Yarn and Fiber for Afghans for Afghans is resulting in this:

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Here’s a bit more to see:

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resulting in this:

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This is just the set that I got on Sunday at church. We already have two baby blankets being pieced together, a third will be done by one member alone who is a speedy crocheter, and so, it will be a blanket fest! I don’t dare predict how many we’ll have, but I’m glad we set this Sunday, March 15th, as a deadline for squares!

Comments that I’m getting from members:

  • “This is such a nice connection that we are making.”
  • “I didn’t think that we’d get anywhere with this, but look at what is happening.”
  • “Two folks at my work are also making some squares for us.”
  • “I love to knit because I have to lay down so much, and this is so soothing, and I’m doing something for someone else.”
  • “I’ll go by Bluebird today to get more yarn.”
  • “Is that different colors of yarn (No, it’s heathered)”
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A little help with friends

Yesterday, we had a small kick-off for the Sausalito Squares project in making Afghans for Afghans for Afghans.  It was amusing to my knitterly ego to find two crocheters there waiting at 4 pm when  I got there.  Fortunately, one of them is very fine crocheter indeed, and figured out some great stuff with Sophie, and I helped the other one, James, rediscover his inner crocheter (he’d learned when he was in college and wanted a throw, but nobody would make him one, but somebody taught him how to crochet).

And then squares starting to appear.  Here we are already:

Bluebird a4a kickoff

Suzanne and Marty are amazing at the way these go together.

Another gal, LaDonna, came by with some mitered squares from a dying project a while back:

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and absolutely adorable baby hats from a pattern that’s in Knitting for Peace.

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The hat pattern is Swirled Ski Cap by Caps for Kids — so cute!

And today, I finished the shawl and Izzie is making sure that nobody steals it.
Kiri 1c

I love to see how beautiful lace becomes in the blocking!

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I’m so glad that I have it to wear at Stitches this coming week!

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Excuse me, are you really paying attention?

Maybe you’re like me and think that the only way that most meetings will be productive is if you knit during them.

I’ve been in meetings where folks are convinced that I’m not paying attention. This was generally years ago before folks learned about things like kinesthetic learning. I figured out pretty quickly that I need to move my body — hence all the doodling in my undergraduate collegiate notes. But knitting is better because something usefula and pretty comes out at the end.

Now, there are rules about knitting during meeting. Many meetings I go to I have an official role to play, so I don’t have the option of knitting during them. I’m either a principal participant or running the meeting. You just can’t knit and be taken seriously if this is the case. But, if the meeting is large and I’m just a participant, or it is a training where you don’t have to take notes a lot, knitting is definitely ok.

Last week, I had not one, but two different opportunities to knit in meetings. The first was at a training for folks like me who teach other pastors to be interim pastors. The location was great — up at Zephyr Cove at Lake Tahoe, NV. Many other folks knitting or crocheting (and a guy who usually does cross-stitch, but wasn’t doing it this time). One gal even took the Flying Zephyr train from Colorado so she could both sight-see and knit on her trip! During this roughly 3 day meeting, I completed this sock:

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Yeah, it’s a big sock for Socks for Soldiers, out of Regia Stretch, custom-dyed for Socks for Soldiers in Olive Drab. And yes, I need to knit another one, but I’m taking a break.

Saturday, I went to our Presbytery (regional group of Presbyterian-types). I finished a sample square for the Afghans for Afghans project in a fun hot-pink:

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Only a 10-inch square in basketweave pattern in chunky yarn for the Afghans for Afghans project. It didn’t take that long to finish, so I started something else. I began a child’s sock (also for Afghans for Afghans) with leftover Paca-peds HT in a the lovely Deep seas colorway. (No, I didn’t finish then, but they are now done, as you can see).

Youth Socks 3d

Knitting in meetings – a way to stay awake, a way to make the world a little warmer.

P.S. For those of you worried that I’m being a bit too self-less in my knitting, I have also started a Kiri shawl in Dream in Color Baby in the hilariously named Pansy Golightly colorway. Photo soon.

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Cooperative Knitting

I’m very excited about a project that is beginning as a wonderful partnership.  Sophie Kurnik, owner of the wonderful Bluebird Yarn and Fiber, is donating yarn to make baby and children’s blankets for the Afghans for Afghans project.   The church that I’m serving, Sausalito Presbyterian Church, has a bunch of knitters willing to knit squares to make blankets.   So, by April, I’m hopiing that between the customers of Bluebird, the knitters at the church, and friends thereof, we’ll have a bunch of warm blankets to send to those who need them.

This is something that I’ve wanted to do in the past, but never gotten off the ground.

If you’d like to knit a square and want some yarn, we’ve got a bunch of colors of Mauch Chunky (Kraemer Yarns), and we’re knitting 10 inch squares in dense (not lacy) stitch patterns.  Post in the comments if you live locally and would like to get a skein, and we’ll work it out.

Edited to add a photo of my sample square:

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Sisters, can you spare a square?

Some folks may be aware that Allison Jeppson Hyde (www.spindyeknit.com) has been very ill, and almost at the point of death in the past month.

Allison is one of the most generous knitters that I know – knitting shawls for every woman in her congregation, and the author of Wrapped in Comfort. That her body is so down has been very tough for those of us who know her.

I know her local knitters have given some knitterly items, which is so in keeping with Allison’s spirit. Now, those of us who live a bit farther away can be a part of something. A number of knitters are getting together to make squares out of fingering weight yarn to become a lap blanket for her. Details and sign-ups are on Ravelry here.