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AnnaT
04-27-2007, 11:10 AM
Hi,

Sorry if this topic has already been addressed.

I read today on a blog that a yarn store in Blacksburg, Virginia is accepting knitted and crocheted squares in order to make up blankets for the victims' families and also the injured victims. This will go on through the month of May.

They want soft, cozy 8x8 inch (20 cm x 20 cm) squares in the school colors, and they can be maroon/burgundy, burnt orange, white, or black. You can drop them off or mail them to:

Mosaic Yarn Shop
880 University City Blvd.
Blacksburg, Va
24060

Mosaic Yarn Shop's website is here: http://www.mosaicyarnshop.blogspot.com/

I think this is a very nice gesture. My husband, who has been bereaved suddenly twice in his life, told me he would have really appreciated something like this to help with his grieving.

It's strange because I have a stack of 8x8 inch squares for a blanket I am working on and one is maroon!! I just hope it isn't too purpley. I do have some white yarn I could use, too.

Just thought y'all might find this interesting!

Anna

Eloewien
04-27-2007, 12:33 PM
This is my LYS :) The owner is just wonderful... and this is a project the whole community is working on. Thanks for posting it!

aineepooh1
04-27-2007, 01:59 PM
I have practicing my crochet stitches and I have been (trying) to make squares~
I may have to check this it ~! :hug:

nadja la claire
04-27-2007, 03:11 PM
OOOO YAY :cheering: :cheering: I've got 5 skeins of Bernat's Boucle in a burgundy. This will give me something to do with some of it.

Thanks for posting this!!!! :muah:

:muah: :hug:

Nadja xxx

vaknitter
04-27-2007, 09:42 PM
That's really awesome and a great reason to buy more yarn !!! I'll have to work on my intarsia and see if I can figure out how to put VT in some of the squares.

My husband is VT alumni and his graduate advisor and professors where those who were killed and injured.

Thanks for posting this and I will pass it on to my office as Kevin Granata (killed) was also a professor in the gait lab at UVA where I work.

Eloewien
04-28-2007, 01:47 AM
Check my website for a VT fair isle/intarsia chart with the motto :)

vaknitter
04-28-2007, 06:34 AM
Your patterns are awesome !!

I was going to call Mosiac today, but if it is your LYS, do you know if they want washable yarns only or can I use wool and other unwashables? I am in the process of completing my husbands VT gear. I love Lambs Pride, the Orange you Glad and Medieval Red are the purfect shades for VT.

So how are things in Blacksburg this week with students back in classes? We were down last Friday for Dr. Granata's memorial and it was very surreal to walk around campus and have it be so quiet and to see Norris with State Troopers all over it. We'll have to make another trip back so I can reset the image of Tech in my brain.

zip
04-28-2007, 11:23 AM
Anna, I love this idea! Maybe you could post it in the knit-along section as well? The more participants, the better. I fowarded it to a Blacksburg resident yesterday, who's spreading the word among crafters he knows.

As vaknitter stated, I'd like to know if they prefer natural or manmade yarn.

Eloewien
04-28-2007, 12:18 PM
Not sure on yarn selections... website just said "softest yarn you can afford" I think... if you call, I'm sure whoever is working today can tell you...

I don't actually know how campus is... I've been working too much and have yet to make it over there. My husband works in the stadium, so he only sees a little bit of campus, but he says it's slowly getting back to normal.

AnnaT
04-28-2007, 02:31 PM
Anna, I love this idea! Maybe you could post it in the knit-along section as well? The more participants, the better. I fowarded it to a Blacksburg resident yesterday, who's spreading the word among crafters he knows.

As vaknitter stated, I'd like to know if they prefer natural or manmade yarn.

I'll copy and paste my original post in the knit-along area now.

Did you (or anyone else) find out about the natural/manmade yarn issue? I didn't think about that, but surely washable blankets are preferable?? The maroon square I already have is 100% wool, but I have some white acrylic for babies I could use. I have to hurry up because mine will take at least 7-10 days to get there.

newamy
04-28-2007, 11:08 PM
This is a really nice idea. I have no personal connection with Virginia Tech but I'm going to try to get at least one square knitted and sent off. I have some Mission Falls Superwash in a dark maroonish red- I hope it will be a close enough color. Not sure if I have enough for two squares. I don't have any of the other colors listed. Trying to think of a nice stitch pattern to dress it up a bit. :thinking:

Eloewien
04-29-2007, 12:15 AM
I went on campus today... i'll post pictures tomorrow. I kinda wish I had stopped to cry- I wanted to, but just couldn't. Everyone was so solemn and quiet, I almost felt bad even with the slight tears and sniffles. It was just so hard to see the line of 33 hokie stones lined up with all the flowers around them. (Yes... 33, not 32... there is one for the *family* of the shooter... they lost a child as well...) Walking by Norris and remembering that I used to walk through that hall after organic chemistry class...

Let's just say it was very hard... someday I hope it will get back to some kind of normal, but right now, it's just difficult to be there. I had an interview two buildings over from the shooting on the Wednesday before it all happened...

AnnaT
04-29-2007, 01:07 AM
Trying to think of a nice stitch pattern to dress it up a bit. :thinking:

I always like King Charles Brocade. It's not hard, but looks classy.

aineepooh1
04-29-2007, 12:54 PM
I knitted my 1st square last night.. red hear Xmas yarn white and black stripe, now I am working on my next solid white square...I am using up my Xmas stash (it is very pretty b/c it has gold flecks in it~) and it is soft not like the super saver...

OFf TO WORK~! :teehee:

aineepooh1
05-10-2007, 11:18 AM
OK~ I have been working on my squares ( crocheted though b/c I am learning to crochet to compliment my knittng) :oops: how is everyone doing with their squares and have you sent them off?
I told my GF about it and she said she was gonna make some too.. I have used sugar ncream, acrylic and my :heart: bernat cotton tots ( that is sooo soft)
how is everyone else do ing?? :hug:

zip
05-10-2007, 01:11 PM
OK~ I have been working on my squares ( crocheted though b/c I am learning to crochet to compliment my knittng) :oops: how is everyone doing with their squares and have you sent them off?
I told my GF about it and she said she was gonna make some too.. I have used sugar ncream, acrylic and my :heart: bernat cotton tots ( that is sooo soft)
how is everyone else do ing?? :hug:

I have completed two and want to finish a third that I started on Monday. Anna set up a knit-along (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=31009&start=0) for us, which brought in a few more knitters. Come on over!

aineepooh1
05-11-2007, 02:22 AM
:cheering: :happydance:

AnnaT
05-11-2007, 06:27 AM
Anna set up a knit-along (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=31009&start=0) for us, which brought in a few more knitters.

Is that really fair to say....? :shifty: I don't want anyone to think I had something to do with the idea of the blankets (although I wish I did). I was just passing it along.

My square is in the mail now. :)

Eloewien
05-11-2007, 10:16 AM
Four squares done and counting... trying to pick a pattern for the next one :) Of course, I don't have to mail 'em, I just get to stop by and pester everyone at my second home :) I love Mosaic!