Square Mail (Not Air Mail)
November 27, 2007
HELP! THEY ARE BLOCKING OUT THE SUN! Well, actually it’s just an overcast sky, but there are indeed stacks of squares casting shadows in my apartment.
It’s a cheerful kind of clutter. I’m not complaining.
A few arrived over the long weekend.
Quite a few.
These squares come from the busy hands and good hearts of: Susan G, Mariel, Susan L, Susan M, Lacey, Norma, Larissa, Christine, Beth, Julie, Ellanie, Suzanne, Anji, Debra L, Aurora, Lora B, Nancy B, Ricki, Gale, Anastasia, and Lauren B. (For those just joining us, the squares are for the American blanket. )
I won’t lie to ya, Ann. These squares are not 100% free of minor defects such as curvature of the corners, phat gauge, or poor correlation between perceived and real size. But these few and piddling irregularities are as nothing compared to the overall 4-inchiness we are getting, the walk through The Fascinating History of Sock Yarn, the straight edges bespeaking old-school blocking, in a word: the Squareness. It moves me deeply.
This project is like a powerful magnet, sucking sock yarn from deep within the Rubbermaid bins, ancient shopping bags, and closets of North America and US military outposts around the world. Who knew there was such a rich stockpot of sock yarn, simmering on so many back burners, waiting to be called forth? It’s beautiful. You’re all beautiful. Socks are beautiful. (I need a moment.)
Before I get too far along arranging the squares, I have a confession to make. The layout I have in my head, and the reason I have knit 45 dull and drab squares myself (so far, and don’t be impressed, because my OCD for knitting square things kicks the behind of anybody else’s OCD, any day of the week–it’s a gift), is not my original idea.
It’s School of Kaffe, with a zig zag border. I like to think Kaffe would approve of the border. I am nuts about the Gridlock Blanket in Kaffe Knits Again. I am not so nuts about the intarsia. Ergo, a patchwork version. I’m sure it will look much different from Kaffe’s original, and that’s a big part of the fun of doing it. But the layout of alternating checkerboard and square-in-square patches is a great starting point, a good “rule” to follow, and to break. And I am definitely going to try to get a red square like Kaffe did. That touch just makes it for me, the red square in the sea of darkness, big as you please.
One more note for my square-knitting peeps: if you are sending squares in this week, you do NOT need to use Priority Mail to meet the deadline. First-class works just as well (and you can spend the 4 bucks you save on raffle tickets for the blankets). Stick a stamp or two on the envelope and they will get here in plenty of time for the big sew up. (I’ve gotten a few single or twin squares by Priority Mail, and the ghost of my Grandma Mabel has been just screeching at me about it. She is also mad about the 41 cents to mail a letter, but we can’t do anything about that, Grandma.)
Thanks, everybody! I haven’t counted them yet but I’m feeling good about the likelihood of having the 304 squares needed for the sketch in the notebook, and maybe even a Bonus Baby blanket to raffle.