The Power of Collective Thinking About Square Shapes
September 1, 2009
I’m on the jitney bus to Southampton, soaking up the delicious free wifi. Our house out here is an Internet-free zone, which forces us into all kinds of involuntary wholesome activity not involving sitting on our butts staring at the screen. Not that sitting on our butts staring at the screen is a bad thing, mind you– I’m all for it! But for a few precious weeks and days of the year, we choose to spray water at each other, fill up balloons with water and throw them at each other, and engage in very, very slow, muliti-day, glacially paced games of Dogopoly, which is Monopoly, but with dogs. You try to buy the butcher shop, you get sent to the pound instead of jail. It’s fun if you don’t, you know, have the Internet or anything else to do.
Needless to say we are surviving on pancakes and grilled cheese sandwiches. It’s rugged, all right. If it cannot be cooked in a Teflon pan, to hell with it. We ain’t eating it.
But here on the jitney bus, I wallow in the wifi waves, and come up with marvelous stuff. Like, remember my old Lobby Dishcloth? This past spring, I re-jiggered it into a wool square for the MacMillan Comfort Blanket project, a very worthy effort to knit blankets for a cancer charity in the UK. I’d been living with this little pattern, a tweak of Barbara Walker’s Parquet Squares, for several years. I liked it just fine the way it was.
But I never thought of doing this to it.
Isn’t that cool? How one person can take another person’s seed of an idea, and run with it?
The interwebs have brought me other news of good deed availability out there, which I am happy to pass on.
Afghans for Afghans is back in business with a new campaign for wool baby blankets. Wool? Baby blankets? Sign me up! I just finished one! It needs a home! In Afghanistan! The deadline will be sometime in October, so there is time. Check the a4A website for updates on the deadline and for the all-important requirements to knit to. (We only want to knit what they need, right, not just any old thing we feel like knitting.) (Right?)
Attention! I’ve just learned of a very cool project called Iraqi Bundles of Love, organized by a soldier in Iraq and his wife. It tickles me no end that in militaryspeak, “Iraqi Bundles of Love” turns into “IRBOLS”. The idea is to pack up a USPS Priority Mail flat rate box full of knitting or sewing supplies from your bulging stash, and send it to an APO box (in the US), which magically and militarily gets the box all the way to Iraq, where it will be distributed within a community that is short of knitting and sewing supplies. The deadline is SOON-September 8–and the details of what to do are here. As you were.
Am I still knitting? Why yes I am. I’m calling this the Summer of Denim. More later. I have to throw water at somebody.