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Shandeh
03-16-2008, 03:58 AM
Hello everyone! :waving:

I have a strong desire to give a baby blanket (or two) to the Afghans for Afghans campaign. They need 30 x 40 inch blankets, made from wool yarn. And they need them by May.

(I have a month!) :help:

You can help me out by doing any of these things:

Buy one skein of Lamb's Pride Bulky yarn (any color, except light shades), and mail it to me by April 1st.

OR

Buy one skein of Lamb's Pride Bulky yarn (any color, except light shades), and make as many 10 inch squares as you can. Then, mail them to me by April 15th.

(I have several skeins that were given to me by knitting4babybear last year. I plan on using all of my skeins to make as many blankets as I can.)

If you send 10 inch squares, I will seam them together into 30 x 40 inch baby blankets. :thumbsup:

If you send yarn, I will use it to make striped blankets or squares. Or, it will be used as seaming yarn for the squares.

With all of us working together, I'm sure we'll have a few blankets ready in time.

I hope that some of you can help! :heart: :pray: :heart:

I might even plan a seaming party at the end of April for anyone in my area. :woohoo:

Shandeh
03-16-2008, 08:53 PM
I heard from one knitter, who said that she would try to knit one square. Thanks so much! :hug:

I'm about halfway through one square myself, so now I just need 10 more to have enough for a baby blanket. :)

I've got about 15 skeins of Lamb's Pride Bulky, so I certainly have enough to make a couple blankets on my own!

If anyone lives in my area, and would like to knit a square using a skein of my yarn, let me know. :wink:

By the way, if you knit a square for the blanket, use size 11 needles, and stick with a basic design. They don't want any lacy blankets.

Secksiebrat
03-17-2008, 10:42 AM
I'll see if I can get a skein and make up a few squares for you. I'll let you know in a week or so. I'll probably have to go to my LYS to get some. I'm almost positive walmart doesn't carry that brand!

~danielle~

Shandeh
03-17-2008, 04:18 PM
Thanks Danielle! :muah:

And you're right - you can only get it at a yarn shop. :thumbsup:

Shandeh
03-20-2008, 06:12 PM
So far, I've done pretty well!

Last night, I finished my 3rd square! :woohoo:

Now, I just need 9 more squares, and I'll have enough to seam together for a baby blanket. :)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3249/2346590616_9d0859d605.jpg

gmmarton
03-20-2008, 06:20 PM
Sandy,

I'm good for three. I've got Lamb's Pride Bulky here at home...some great colors. I will get on it this weekend and post ASAP.

Gail M.
CT

feministmama
03-21-2008, 12:20 AM
I've got some Lamb's pride bulky. So how many stitches do ya CO to make a 10 inch square? What size needles ya using?

Shandeh
03-21-2008, 01:25 AM
Sandy,
I'm good for three. I've got Lamb's Pride Bulky here at home...some great colors. I will get on it this weekend and post ASAP.
Yay! :cheering: Thank you, Gail! :muah:
I've got some Lamb's pride bulky. So how many stitches do ya CO to make a 10 inch square? What size needles ya using?
Woo Hoo! :woohoo:
I'm using the basic dishcloth pattern, starting at the corner with 3 stitches casted on.
Here's the design I'm using , written out:

Lamb's Pride Bulky Squares for Baby Afghan
Using Lamb's Pride Bulky yarn, and size 11 needles:
Cast on 3 stitches.
1st Row: Knit 1 stitch, Knit Front & Back of 2nd stitch, Knit to end of row.
Repeat 1st row until you have 40 stitches on the needle.
Then, knit one row.

Next Row: Knit 1 stitch, Knit 2 Together, Knit to end of row.
Repeat last row until you have 3 stitches on the needle.

Bind off.

feministmama
03-21-2008, 11:50 AM
Easy peasy!:thumbsup:

Shandeh
03-21-2008, 05:15 PM
Yes it is! :)

Now, you might not have to go until there are 40 stitches. That's what I came up with my gauge. The square should measure 10 inches, so just measure along the side until it's 10 inches.

feministmama
03-23-2008, 03:19 PM
OY! I keep getting more than 10 inches or less than 10 inches. I think my yarn is getting funky cuz I keep frogging and trying agian so I should try another skein. OK here we go, I'm gonna get it right this time!!!!

Shandeh
03-23-2008, 09:00 PM
Bless your heart!

It's okay if it's off by a little.
The squares will pull each other into shape. :thumbsup:

gmmarton
03-24-2008, 07:28 AM
Sandy,

I've finished three squares for this blanket. Would you pm your address to me? Thanks!

Gail

Shandeh
03-24-2008, 02:43 PM
I've finished three squares for this blanket. Would you pm your address to me? Thanks!
Yay! :woohoo:
Now, we are HALFWAY THERE! :cheering:
Thank you SO much, Gail. :muah:
(You are always so generous and kind.)

I'm almost finished with my 4th, so now we only need 5 more squares to make a baby blanket! :)

gmmarton
03-24-2008, 02:52 PM
If I get to the local yarn store this weekend, I will get some yarn and make some more. What is your deadline again?

Shandeh
03-24-2008, 02:54 PM
:)

I need skeins of yarn by April 1st, or completed squares by April 15th.

feministmama
03-25-2008, 01:24 AM
DONE! Ok now where do I send it?

http://flickr.com/photos/8323551@N08/2360603590/

Shandeh
03-25-2008, 02:24 PM
Your square looks wonderful! :heart:

Now, we just need 4 more squares! :)

feministmama
03-26-2008, 01:56 AM
Its off in the mail!

Shandeh
03-26-2008, 11:41 PM
Yay! Today, I received 3 squares from gmmarton!!!
They are beautiful!! :inlove:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2073/2365752242_0017989675.jpg

Secksiebrat
03-29-2008, 09:18 PM
I checked my LYS yesterday. They only carried it in WW. She said she could order for me but it would take a week. Unfortunately the LYS is 45 minutes away and I rarely go out that way unless I just need something because of the gas. So I'm afraid I can't donate any squares :( Unless someone has some yarn and wants to send me some, I wont be able to help. Sorry Shandeh. I hope you get enough squares to make a blanket or two up!

~danielle~

feministmama
03-29-2008, 10:19 PM
Did ya get my package yet? Its coming from Oregon.:waving:

Shandeh
03-30-2008, 02:06 PM
I'm afraid I can't donate any squares :(
That's okay, my friend. :hug:
You help out on so many other charity projects. :heart:

Did ya get my package yet? Its coming from Oregon.:waving:
Not yet....but I'm watching for my hunky postman. :teehee:

momwolf
03-31-2008, 07:05 PM
I got 1 square done today and will make you some more.Can you give me your address please :teehee:

Shandeh
04-01-2008, 08:10 AM
Did ya get my package yet? Its coming from Oregon.:waving:
Woo Hoo! I got your package yesterday! :cheering:
Thank you so much! :hug:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2390/2380153182_8ea1c3e3cd.jpg
I got 1 square done today and will make you some more.Can you give me your address please
Yay!!! That's WONDERFUL! Now, we will definitely have enough to make our baby blanket! I'll send you a private message. :heart:

Shandeh
04-02-2008, 05:42 AM
Here is a photo of all our squares so far. Lookin' GOOD!
:cheering: :woohoo: :cheering:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3194/2381739651_c1bd31f8f2.jpg

We only need 2 more squares to make a blanket!

I'm going to keep making squares until April 15th, so if anyone wants to make a square and mail it to me by that date, we might have enough to make TWO blankets! :)

feministmama
04-02-2008, 11:53 AM
yeah! Looks great! :cheering:

gmmarton
04-02-2008, 02:09 PM
Very colorful indeed!

Shandeh
04-02-2008, 10:36 PM
I think so too! Thank you both for your help! :muah:

I will be sure to mention both of your names when I send the blanket. :)

If anyone else wants to send squares, I might be able to make ANOTHER blanket in time! :woohoo:

I'll keep making squares myself. :knitting:
I even gave a skein of yarn to a couple of my piano students tonight. They will be crocheting a couple squares.

So, it's not too late! If you want to send a 10 inch square, made with Lamb's Pride Bulky yarn to me, it just needs to get to me by April 15th.
:muah:

momwolf
04-05-2008, 09:32 AM
Here's my 3 squares.Sandy can I make 3 more out of the lite purple in the picture?I know you said no lite colors that's why I'm asking.I do have a skein of brown I could use instead.

Shandeh
04-05-2008, 06:09 PM
Thank you, momwolf! They are GORGEOUS! :inlove:
I think the light purple would be very nice as well.
:muah:

Shandeh
04-05-2008, 06:36 PM
I just made a blog for our Bulky Wool Squares! :)
http://bulkywoolcharity.blogspot.com/

Shandeh
04-10-2008, 07:15 AM
Yesterday, one of my piano students gave me a square that she crocheted for our blanket! :)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2035/2402306517_6126ef674c_m.jpg

Right now, we have 14 completed squares, and I'm starting another one now. So we need 9 more squares to make another blanket!

If you want to make a square, I need to receive it from you by April 15th!
:thumbsup:

momwolf
04-10-2008, 08:43 AM
I'm sending you 5 today :teehee: So now you only need 4 more :cheering:

Shandeh
04-11-2008, 05:29 AM
I'm sending you 5 today :teehee: So now you only need 4 more :cheering:
Oh my gosh!!! THANK YOU!!!!
:heart: :muah: :heart:

McKnitty
04-11-2008, 11:58 AM
Hi everyone! Since Sandy is busy for the next few days I thought I'd see if anyone could help me. I thought this square would be SO simple to knit, but knitting has a way of keeping me humble.

My finished square ended up being 11-1/2 inches. I measured as I went along and stopped at 10 inches when doing the increase side, and then started the decrease side.

I obviously didn't measure correctly but I don't know where I went wrong. I don't have much experience with wool, so should I have stretched it out before I measured it? Is it better to knit it a little short and then stretch and block it?

Also, were you able to get two squares from one skein of yarn? It doesn't look like I'm going to have enough yarn for a second square.

feministmama
04-11-2008, 12:47 PM
McKnitty I had trouble too. I'm so used to just co and doing my thing, I never really measure anything. So I just kept experiemneting. I ended up using 10 and half size needles instead and fewer stithces. I think it was 45 or something like that. I just just kept knitting till it came out about right. You'll get there too :thumbsup:

McKnitty
04-11-2008, 03:35 PM
Thanks, feministmama! I was feeling awful that I could mess up such an 'easy' pattern. Maybe I've been knitting in the round for so long that I've became square challenged!

I'm going to have to spend some quality time at the frog pond.

Shandeh
04-13-2008, 06:09 PM
I'm back! :)

My craft room is now ready for my sweet hubby to have a corner in it. I hope that he will be okay with that little space. It's all I could make room for!

McKnitty, I hope you were able to figure out your square. :hug:

Right now, I have 20 completed squares, and I'm working on 2 more. So, I only need 2 more squares to have enough for two baby blankets! :woohoo:

On Saturday, I received a package from momwolf, containing 5 purple squares! :hug:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2351/2411781472_03254d9ede.jpg

momwolf
04-13-2008, 07:29 PM
Glad they made it there.Thanks for letting me help on such a wonderful project :muah:And thanks for all you do for charities :cheering:

Shandeh
04-18-2008, 03:11 PM
This morning, I got to work seaming some squares to make one blanket. It's done!!! :woohoo:

I did a quick whipstitch to join the squares, giving it a nice "rustic" look. Cool!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2386/2422744429_36be68cca4.jpg

I might add a crochet border all around.
It depends on how I feel. :teehee:

I'm still making more squares, so hopefully I'll have enough to make ANOTHER blanket! I just need 4 more squares!! :cheering:

feministmama
04-18-2008, 05:41 PM
Yeah Sandy!!! That looks so wonderful!! You are so awesome!! :cheering::cheering::heart::cheering::heart::cheer ing::heart::cheering::heart::cheering::heart:

gmmarton
04-18-2008, 07:53 PM
Thank you for doing this Sandy. The blanket looks great! Very colorful...

Shandeh
04-18-2008, 08:53 PM
Thank YOU for your help! I could not have made this blanket in time on my own.

Here is a breakdown of all the squares.

gmmarton - 3 squares
Amanda (my piano student) - 1 square
feministmama - 2 squares
momwolf - 5 squares
me - 9 squares

I just need to make 4 more squares, and I'll have enough for another blanket! :woohoo:

I sent an email to Afghans for Afghans about our blanket, and included a photo. Here is the response I received from Ann Rubin:

Dear Sandy and friends,

Thank you so much for your handmade package and kind note! Your generous donation is very meaningful and will be deeply appreciated. You can be assured that your contribution is going to be put to excellent use by those who really need the warmth and the kindness.

We love your blog! Great fun to read and very inspiring!

We are currently once again supplying *wool* baby blankets, newborn socks, and newborn hats to CURE Hospital in Kabul. CURE takes care of the very youngest. They are responsible for delivering about 300 babies each month. (Our current due date is sometime in May, most likely. Please check back for a specific date.)

We continue to work with the San Francisco office of the American Friends Service Committee to collect and pack. Thank you for participating -- for your caring about the Afghan people and for taking action! We promise not to forget Afghanistan -- you are making that possible.

Thank you for remembering the Afghan people.

Our best, Ann

momwolf
04-18-2008, 11:12 PM
Great job on sewing all the squares together Sandy!!!!!!!!!!!

gmmarton
04-19-2008, 02:39 PM
I love this group...and am so happy that they are getting some more blankets for the Afghans.

McKnitty
04-23-2008, 03:10 PM
It is gorgeous! You did an amazing job putting it all together.

Cynamar
04-23-2008, 06:01 PM
Awesome! Great job!

Shandeh
04-23-2008, 11:04 PM
I am just so happy to have help from all of you! There is NO WAY I could have made enough squares to complete a blanket on my own. This was truly a team effort!
:heart: :grphug: :heart:

Shandeh
04-25-2008, 07:38 PM
Today, I received a square from McKnitty. So pretty!
Nice, isn't it? :wink:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3048/2441621662_a0ab8de7a5.jpg

So, if you've started making a square, and didn't finish it in time, you can still send it to me. I have a feeling that the "Afghans for Afghans" project will be accepting baby blankets for a long time. :hug:

Shandeh
05-10-2008, 03:19 PM
Surprise!!! :woohoo:
I was able to seam together ANOTHER blanket!!!!

All I have left to do is weave in the ends, and maybe do a crochet border. I'm mailing them on Monday, just in time for the deadline! :cheering:
Here they are together: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2174/2480353503_41f51d86d0_m.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3242/2481165918_4b3f42f4b4_m.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3181/2481166458_6b760e8892_m.jpg

We did it!!! :heart: :hug: :heart:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2166/2481167470_f20eea7004.jpg

pinnut3200
05-10-2008, 06:19 PM
Lovely blankets. What an accomplishment for you and the other ladies. Nice job!

PeattieWa
05-11-2008, 03:37 AM
Nice Job on the blankets!! I'm sure they will be greatly appreciated! Keep up the great work! Becky

feministmama
05-12-2008, 11:45 AM
Yeah! Looks good! Glad I could help :muah:

McKnitty
05-13-2008, 10:49 AM
Oh Sandy, those are beautiful! The blankets look so warm and cuddly and the colors are so cheerful. Big hugs to everyone involved, and a very special thanks to you for putting it all together.

Shandeh
05-13-2008, 12:52 PM
Thank you all for the encouragement! The blankets really are beautiful. Makes me want to make another one just for me! They are so warm and cuddly, and the Lamb's Pride yarn has such a lovely sheen to it. :heart:

Last night, I added a crochet border to both blankets, and I'm mailing them off today! :)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3210/2489927176_59d0f574c7.jpg

McKnitty
05-13-2008, 06:04 PM
Wow! The crochet border really adds a nice touch!