Square Stuff Monthly
August 2, 2004
A few days ago, Phyllis dropped by for a knit ‘n chat in my new digs. While we were knit ‘n chattin’, the doorbell rang and I opened the door to find a box containing the dishcloth cotton afghan Kelli Ann from Montreal had sewn up in incredibly zippy time. Phyllis, who had laid out the squares for this afghan in the first place, submitted to a photo shoot. A touching mother & child reunion–Phyllis and her dishcloth afghan.
Kelli Ann was not only speedy, but expert and entertaining in her sew-up efforts. When the squares first arrived chez Kelli Ann, her son–with the brutal efficiency of the very young– dumped out a few of the hermetically sealed Ziplocs containing Phyllis’s master plan for square placement. So Kelli Ann had to wing it on those strips.To hear her tell it, for a couple of weeks she was dragging squares and a giant cone of Peaches & Cream on all of her French and English errands in Montreal. At one point she managed to sew a square in wrongside out. But after all that hoo-ha (or as they say in Quebec, le hoo avec le ha), it is beautiful. Why is it these blankets look so different sewn up? In my opinion, this is the ideal baby blanket. Soft, washable, colorful, perky. I hope someone in Afghanistan feels the same way.
Merci so much Kelli Ann! And you were moving, too!
Boo-hoooooo! August 1 marks the end of our Official Square Collection Period (but the beginning of our Unofficial Square Collection Period). We received tons of gawgeous squares, from Afghanalongers new and old, some of whom contrived to light up more squares on our beloved Afghanalong Maps. Here they are, reflecting almost 6 months of worldwide knitting.
The new addition to this map is Italy. Now, if you want to get all technical about it, Benedetta lives in Massachusetts. But she hasn’t been there, like, forever or anything. She’s off to visit her homeland of Italy soon, and promises to send more squares from there. I figured, under the Kristine-is-from-Sweden-although-she-lives-in-London-and-mailed-her-squares-from-New-York Rule, Benedetta’s squares should be credited retroactively to Italy. (Note to anybody who cares: Kristine actually mailed squares from Sweden in July, so even strict-constructionists should be happy.)
And here’s the USA map:
By hook or by crook, we added 6 states this month: Arizona, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, South Carolina, and the elusive Hawaii. We barely had to invoke the Kristine-etc. Rule to get Hawaii in there (thanks Jennifer from Maui via Florida!). The other squares–get this–physically came from the credited states!
Some sadness, here at Afghanalong HQ, that we didn’t manage to get even one Dakota, or my home state of Nebraska. I could, of course, invoke the Kristine-etc. Rule to transfer credit for some of MY squares from New York to Nebraska, but I don’t wanna. New York brought me to the dance, and I’m leaving with him. Or whatever.
Who Won the Yarn?
According to the Teapot of Destiny, this month’s mini-bale of Rowan Handknit DK Cotton goes to Cheryl of Philadelphia. Cheryl, put down the cream cheese and pat yourself on the back. Think of something nice and cottony to knit up for yourself. Congrats!
Is it Me?
Maybe I’m the only one who thinks it’s kind of freaky that when we pulled up the mangey carpet in Carrie’s room, this was underneath:
Verily I say unto you, pulleth not up the nasty old carpet, lest ye be smote by the nasty old vinyl. (I cropped out the parts where disgusting clumps of carpet-pad fuzz are sticking to globs of ancient carpet adhesive–this is a family blog.)
Being me, I am halfway tempted to try to revive this Vintage Vinyl Log Cabin flooring and decorate the whole apartment around it. Halfway. It’s probably got PCBs in it. I think it has to go, or at least be covered in carpet for another generation.
Thanks to everybody who knitted or sent me a little note or card to cheer me in the effort to keep track of the squares. Those who sent chocolate–and you know who you are– bless you! Any squares we receive before September 12, we will put in a drawing for yarn at the New York City Sew-Up Bee.
Until next time, that’s the news on All Things Square.