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octagonfudge
« on: October 13, 2006 01:27:13 PM »

Hi!

I am very cold today.  The weather is decidedly nasty, and I am only in the Midwest.  So.  I was on the internets today and came across Blankets for Canada (www.blankets4canada .ca) and it really made me want to help out with something.  I don't think I can knit a whole blanket by myself before the weather turns.  There are 48 8x8 squares needed for a blanket. 

It's a huge commitment, a blanket.

An 8x8 square, not so much.

So, I thought why not ask the Craftster community?  If you want to knit an 8x8 square, ANY 8x8 square, patterned, garter, stockinette, whatever, and send them to me, I will put them together with mine and send them to the charity.  Tis almost the season to do something good with your skills. 

Anybody up for this?

Also, blog details for those interested.
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knit_north
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2006 02:14:56 PM »

you know - this is a good idea.

should we try to use the same weight and fibre content etc?
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octagonfudge
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2006 04:08:27 PM »

Maybe.  I think that obviously animal fibers will provide the most warmth, but some people don't do the whole wool thing.  The same weight thing would probably be a good idea- like, worsted weight would be the way to go, more than likely.  Easy to get access to, easy to knit up relatively quickly.

I don't know, what do you think?
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2006 04:13:05 PM »

yeah i'm thinking worsted as well - you always seem to have that in your stash hey

natural fibres=warm but agree, not sure you could limit that ...
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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2006 08:02:45 AM »

There is something similar to this at my local Michael's - didn't check to see if it said Blankets for Canada though. But it requests 8X8 squares too.
Anyhow, most of the squares in the donation box looked to be made from left over yarn of all types. And I guess someone there will be assembling the balnkets.
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octagonfudge
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2006 09:13:13 AM »

That is cool- there are a bunch of different charities that do this sort of thing.  And I know some knitting groups do it as well, just on their own to donate to a charity. 
I think just asking people to use what they have to make the squares is a good idea.  I make a couple this weekend while we were driving to kentucky, and I just used some leftover Cascade 220 I had in my stash.  I'm glad to get rid of these little balls left over from a ton of different projects.
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