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Day Of Destiny Approaches

Dear Ann,
I have been in contact with the United Nations High Commission for Blanket Raffles, which has declared that all is in readiness to raffle American Blanket No. 1. Those aspiring to own this patchwork salute to Kaffe Fassett and the Ancient Art of the ZigZag should buy their tickets by noon (New York time) on Saturday. The drawing will be held later in the weekend, and the winner will be notified and announced on Monday or Tuesday. depending on how fast the carrier pigeons can make the transatlantic crossing.
[To review: To purchase raffle tickets, go to PayPal.com and send a payment to oliversfund@btinternet.com. Each ticket costs $2.00 US or 1 British pound. Your payment automatically enters you for the appropriate number of chances. All proceeds go to a fund for the purchase of a wheelchair for our 9-year-old friend Oliver, which you can read about on Emma & Co..]
The light has been dimmed by fog for the past two days, so I have yet to take my Cecil B. DeMille shots of the blanket. I did go to Brooklyn on Monday to show the finished work to Amber, who made such a heroic late-third-trimester effort with the layout, and had the idea of doing the inner borders as chromatic strips (to set off the zig-zag, and because we like chromatic strips).
The light was no better in Brooklyn, but Amber took a picture that gives an idea of the size and the layout:
oliveramber.jpg
Very nice!
benedict.jpg
I introduced little Benedict to distressed denim. Raise ‘em right!
To whom it may concern, I would like to update my requested epitaph:


Tombstone Generator

Love,
Kay

43 Comments

43 Comments

  1. 1) very very very nice! 2) what’s stopping you? (oh, yeah, that)

  2. Wow, that blanket is awesome. I wish I had ever knit a sock so I could have contributed more than my cheers (okay, and my money, I still hope I win).
    It is beautiful, as for the babies, they are SO much fun when you can borrow them and give them back too when they get to be a bother!!!!

  3. gasp-worthy. making something absolutely stunning (and big!!) from a collection of disparate squares:: bravo for the knitters. and that benedict!! kay, that is a fabulous photo, you look great. xoxo

  4. Oh – I’m torn between which I would rather have: the blanket or Benedict! Is Michaela selling tickets for both?
    ps: is the baby’s name a tribute to the Pope? And exactly how sick of hearing that question is Amber?

  5. That blanket is stunning! You and Raspy look darn good too.

  6. The blanket is coloriously fabulous.

  7. Every time I see that blanket, it makes me so happy! It is gorgeous!

  8. The blanket is gorgeous!

  9. Now I *really* want that blanket. The chromatic strips make it super special.
    And I totally agree with the policy of borrowing babies. (I read a very funny baby-poo & barf story on a blog the other day — again, someone else’s baby-poo is much more funny!)

  10. The blanket is stunning! Although I admit to feeling just a bit faint at the thought of all the sewing up and applied I-cord involved.
    And Benedict is adorable! Glad to see you’re introducing him to good things already.

  11. The artistry displayed by you and Amber and Michaela in creating these gorgeous blankets out of completely random squares is stunning. Really stunning.

  12. Oh that blanket!! Oh that baby!!So with you on the epitaph.

  13. I’m overwhelmed by the beauty of the blanket. I mean, I knew it was going to be good, but still.
    Oh and I’m glad to see you’re practicing with Benedict. My babe’s gonna be here sooner than you think and DUDE. I may be living with you.

  14. Benedict ain’t got nothin’ to do with the pope. While considering the name, I had actually forgotten that Cardinal Ratzinger had taken it as his pope name (someone else chime in the with real Catholic term for “nom de pope”, eh?). I still think of him as Cardinal Ratzinger.
    Dude, more babies is right. Even now, on week 5 of little sleep and many diapers, I repeat what I said on the operating table getting a c-section (totally undesired but necessary in the end), gotta do this at least 6 more times.

  15. I would just add that tiny Benedict was precociously papal in his infallible control over his household.
    He’s going to be the Pope of the B Train.
    xox Kay

  16. Oh, my! The finished blanket is even more beautiful than I imagined. Everyone did a wonderful job!

  17. I love the blanket! What size bed is that? It looks like it may be queen-sized. Doesn’t really matter — it would look wonderful on our king-sized mattress. Now, to click links!

  18. I might have to buy a ticket after all! The blanket is really very incredibly beautiful.
    And the baby… I want one too!

  19. That is fabulous! So is that baby!

  20. are we not all proud of ourselves
    here we are on the internet
    all of us from around this world
    careing people all united to
    help our oliver
    we may never meet one another
    but we joined hands and needles
    and yarn look at the beauty we created
    thank you kay kaffee would love it
    on another note would ann check in
    tells us she is safe in tenn
    the pictures are scary

  21. come on down to st. pete, FL. I’ve got 2 babies who need holding, and a 2.5 year old who loves attention.
    gearing up to start the epic border on the mitered sq blanket. I’ll report back…

  22. WOW! that blanket…WOW!!!!!!!!!!! It’s stunning! Well done to all who did the bits and pieces and to those who stitched up tose bits and pieces!!!

  23. grrrrrrrrrr I meant….’THOSE’ bits and pieces!!!

  24. w00t!!! Oh, what a beautiful blannnnketttt…oh what a beautiful dayyyyyyyyy, I’ve got a beautiful feeeeeeelinnnnnnn….
    Sorry. I lost myself there for a minute.

  25. any word from Ann? I hope her and her family are safe. The news is scary and she must have been in the thick of it. Let us know if she’s okay, though I would gather power must be out in her area.

  26. ME! there is a teensy itsy bit of ME in there, the music from my house, the laughter from this couch, the conversations, the smell of spaghetti….and all the love, I hope the winners feel ALL the love in that blankie! I made it – just me and a few hundred of my cherished knitterly sisters and brothers…….. {sniff}

  27. The blanket is so terrific. Kay, you look great holding beautiful Benedict.

  28. Beautiful blanket, beautiful baby and a horrible horrible tombstone.

  29. I still do love when the quilting and knitting collide. Great blanket. If I had a paypal account
    I’d want five tickets, but sadly I don’t. If you
    can think of another way for me to buy chances at
    this beauty, let me know.

  30. Just bought my raffle tickies! Now, you DID get my bribe to fix the raffle in my favor, right Kay? I will look forward the the email telling me that I have won that wonderful blanket!

  31. OMG! Love that blanket and what a sweet baby!

  32. Most excellent blanket layout and most excellent cute baby. But at first glance I thought you were breast feeding him. Probably not, eh?

  33. Smashing blanket! You did an amazing job with the borders. It made all the difference.

  34. You know I looovve the blanket! And I agree, Kati, the borders make all the difference. I, too, like the fusion of knitting and quilting.
    But now I sense that the (“the”) chickens are restless. Could it be that they’re fixin’ to nest on the bee-you-tee-ful blankie??
    LoveDiane

  35. The blanket looks wonderful–much bigger than I had imagined. I just purchased my raffle tickets, and I must issue a warning to the others: I have won charity raffles before, and I’m feeling lucky, so if you want a better chance of beating me out of the blanket, buy more raffle tickets!
    Note to Kay: Don’t mourn the fact that you didn’t have more babies. In a few short years your children will make you a grandmother, and your grandchildren are ever so much more delightful and fun to be with than your own children!
    Mary G.

  36. That blanket is stunning (even in low light!). Um…that certainly won’t be MY headstone!
    lololol
    (a hint? Being a Nana is better! JMHO)
    (((Hugs)))

  37. The blanket is awesome!!!

  38. Dang that is HUGE! Wow! Now I am inspired.

  39. Wow! I love that we all came together to make this (I would never have had the fortitude for all that finishing). It is gorgeous!

  40. How will I ever thank everyone enough ?
    Everyone who has knitted squares and bought raffle tickets. Michaela for having a generous spark of an idea, and starting this off. Kay for the thought, design and love that she has put into this blanket, and the miles of i-cord she has attached !
    THABK TOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU !

  41. babies are positively the BEST!!!

  42. Really fabulous blanket. Nobody can afford this much handknitting. I hope it generates tons for Olivers chair.