The Results Are In
March 1, 2004
Can you believe this photo? I think this is what is referred to in Annspeak as a Huge Whackin’ Pile of afghan squares. It’s amazing what a group of kindhearted people can do, given a little time and a healthy stash.
But let’s get right to the business at hand: the Yarn Drawing.
The nominees for this month’s Bag O’ Kid Classic are…..Elisabeth, Maggi, Michelle C, Carolyn M, Polly, Evelyn, Cristina, Larissa, Benedetta, Melissa, Cindy, Mary, and Teep.
[Pauses as adjusts imaginary cleavage on imaginary gown.]
And the Kid Classic goes to: Carolyn M!
[Cue Carolyn’s Theme Music, which I’m guessing is not one of those Cold Mountain shape-note dirges.]
It is particularly nice that Carolyn got the Kid C. because, with 7 squares submitted during this Reporting Period, she happens to be the current chip leader. (I think everybody should start talking like we’re on Celebrity Poker Showdown. As my son stuck his hand into the Teapot of Destiny, I exclaimed, “Here’s the flop!”)
Although it was only the first month of the Afghanalong for Afghans–and a short, partial month at that–the results were impressive. We already have 50 squares, which puts us well into our second full-size afghan. And we have almost enough bright cotton log cabin squares to make a very happy baby blanket.
The log cabin count includes a few that I made:
You know that thing I do, where I start in on something and just beat it into the ground? In February, it was afghan squares. Log cabinned every which way, in 16 colors of Peaches & Creme cotton and in Noro, Manos and Unidentified Green Wool I Have No Recollection of Purchasing. I am almost to the point where I might consider knitting an actual garment again. Or hey–how about leaving the house for a pleasant and healthful non-knitting activity?
Nah…that’s crazy talk.
Opening the envelopes has been a treat. Thanks to helpful notes, in many cases I have learned what yarns I am patting and what stitch patterns were used. There has been much oohing and aahing at my kitchen counter, and an unprecedented quantity of Windex applied to the glass top of the end table I used as the Afghan Square Portrait Studio.
And another thing: the scales have fallen from my eyes and I now have a deep, prayerful appreciation for the difficulty of knitting an 8-inch square. It’s only difficult, of course, if you want it to be 8 inches, and, uh, square. Some of my own 8 inch squares are larger than my other 8 inch squares, while some of them are smaller, and some of them are, quite frankly, squarer. To paraphrase one clever reader, if I were made to put my hand on the Good Book and testify whether I had knit 8 inch squares, I would have to say that it depends on what your definition of “eight” is. (Bill Clinton: we know you’re lurking, so send us your dang square.)
What’s next? In the month of March, Afghanalongers will be knitting for a bag of 10 50g balls of Rowan Felted Tweed in Shade 138, Willow. It is a light olive green flecked with cream, gray and pale blue. Rowan has a gazillion patterns for Felted Tweed, which is a merino/alpaca blend. And it goes a long way. 10 balls will make a pullover or cardi for a woman, with 2 or 3 balls left over to make a toddler-sized Billy vest. Or whatever. The drawing will be on April 1, and will include all squares that we receive between now and then. (Tip for US knitters: First-Class Mail gets here just as fast as Priority Mail. Apparently that’s as fast as the USPS can go.)
This handmade card by Cristina expresses my sentiments exactly. Thank you, dear knitters.