Thursday, January 04, 2007

Heading for NOLA

Not me (though I wish). This afghan.

A while back I contacted the folks at Warm Up America to say I would be willing to help assemble blankets. Their happy response was "How many do you want?" I settled on two for starters and they quickly sent a big box of crocheted blocks, plus yarn to sew them with. They left it up to me to decide where I wanted the blankets to go, and to deliver them.
It was somewhat challenging to fit these pieces, made by different hands, together neatly. But I also liked the idea that I was picking up the care that went into each of those blocks, and adding my own little bit to it.
When I put together the first blanket I used crochet chain for joining. The seams came out a little bulky for my taste. But it was colorful and sturdy, and I hope it warmed someone's heart as well as their body. (It went out a couple of months back, and I didn't think to take a picture.)
I finally finished this one using whip stitch, and I like the results better. Today it's going out to the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Sadly, there is still a need in that wonderful city. Even more sadly, many residents feel that they have been forgotten. So as much as anything, this is my way of saying "Someone cares."
I've got more blocks to start on now....
Edited to add: This does not count as "resolution knitting" because 1) it's an organization I was already involved with, 2) it didn't use stash, 3) wasn't done in 2007 and 3) I didn't actually knit anything-just sewed and worked crochet border.


CatBookMom said...

Blessings on you for doing this! My seniors group recently got a donation of 400 (yeah, four hundred!!) granny squares. Several strong-minded women are sewing these into lapghans. I salute you and them for the fortitude to do all that seaming!

Cindy G said...

Whoa baby! 400 is a lot! The afghan only used 49. It's a good kind of project for "knitting group" time, because I can actually work on it and talk at the same time **G**

CatBookMom said...

Forty-nine is still a LOT! These at least are the same size, apparently done by the same person. Some are turning out pretty and others - OMG! Had one show up last week that was mostly lime green and orange; made my eyes hurt.