11.13.2012

Squares for Comfort

From my office over the last few weeks I've been hearing tales of misfortune and loss (as well as those of triumph) from those on the East Coast effected by Hurricane Sandy.. the area of upstate NY that I reside in was luckily unscathed, but many were not so fortunate.
Squares for Comfort
One of my Ravelry group members JanElinRN (the genius behind the Mica Tam), was much more effected by the storm, though she weathered it without major incident.  She and her friend decided to put some of their knitting expertise to good use and are making blankets from 12 x 12 inch squares to be delivered to those in need. 

They've set up a Ravelry group, Squares for Comfort, and wrote up the perfect mission statement for it:
We both, as knitters, have experienced the kindness of knitters as we struggled through the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We’d like to help those who continue to suffer to experience some of the kindness, warmth and generosity that we know the knitting community is always willing to provide. We’ve decided to make blankets which we are planning to take directly to those in the most need. 
Squares for Comfort
Over the weekend I spent just a bit of time making a square to send off to them... I dove into the stash to find some superwash New York State yarns... and was thrilled with what I found!  The brown is Schaefer Yarn Chris in Julia Child, and the lime is Jill Draper Makes Stuff Hudson in Bottle. I went with a center out square, striped with a Fibonacci sequence, with bands of garter and stockinette stitch to keep it interesting...

So, do you have a bit of time on your hands?  Consider making a square or two and sending it along (details here).  I was surprised by how quickly this whipped off the needles, and will have more going as I work on deadlines. 

10 comments:

  1. Love your square - would you share the pattern??

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  2. Thank you for the info. Having many family and friends affected by Sandy I am glad to find another way to help. BarbJay

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  3. I was hoping what learned doing Trapeze would come in handy. Didn't think about until I saw your block. Thanks Laura.
    Wanda in PA

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    1. Good eye! I totally started it like Trapeze, and just increased evenly every other row! Easy Peasy!

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  4. Laura, I have a pattern I often offer to this kind of knitalong. People seem to like it. It's the Barn Raising Quilt pattern from my book Knitalong. If you think this would help and want to put me in touch with someone who is organizing then let me know. I will make a square at the very least. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks Larissa! Maybe leave a note in the Rav group for the moderators? I actually have a Barn Raising Quilt I won at Sock Summit in a Doctors without Borders Raffle! We all fight over it on cold eves!

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  5. Beautiful square Laura! Jan is awesome!!

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  6. HI Laura!!
    Thank you sooooo much for the shout out, and I LOVE your square!!! Totally gorgeous!! And I totally agree with Wanda!! From what I learned with Trapeze, I was able to knit my squares with no holes in the middle!!! You are just awesome...thanks so much!! Hugs!! :)

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  7. HI Laura!!
    Thank you sooooo much for the shout out, and I LOVE your square!!! Totally gorgeous!! And I totally agree with Wanda!! From what I learned with Trapeze, I was able to knit my squares with no holes in the middle!!! You are just awesome...thanks so much!! Hugs!! :)

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