One of my favorite places to go when in need of soul refreshment is the MDK Lounge. Specifically, the MDK Team Blanket threads; they overflow with the best of humanity and knitting.
One of these ambitious blanket teams is Team Blanket No. 2—the Fighting 2— headed up by Team Blanket Leader Karen Tumelty. I have lost track of how many squares have been knitted by this intrepid team, but I think Karen has collected enough squares for at least seven blankets, all for victims of a devastating apartment building fire in Yonkers, New York, earlier this year.
It’s a lot. (also, the definition of “square” includes beautiful crochet blankets, apparently.)
A couple of weeks ago, Karen convened the first of what she hopes will be several sew-up parties. I loaded up my long circular needles, pointed the Mom Bomb northward, and headed for a friendly, well-lit pub on Main Street in Yonkers.
First up for sew-up, laid out real pretty. these are some bouncing and behaving squares.
Karen was ready. Karen was organized. She had T pins and index cards. These blankets are not going to be some higgledy-piggledy montages of squares (not that we don’t love a folkloric team blanket, because we definitely DO). Karen sorted her bounty of squares into cohesive colorways. She even had enough squares in variegated yarn to make a Variegated All-Stars Team Blanket No. 2.
We were the few, the proud, the first sewer-uppers.
From left: Kristen, Kesang, Pat, and me. karen is behind the camera, orchestrating.
Kristen, on the precipice of her first 3NBO seam.
When a three-needle bindoff is happening, a bit of kaysplaining is inevitable. just let me get it out of my system.
Kesang is our Team Blanket Spokesmodel.
Why am I telling you all this, Ann?
Because I know you share my love of the instant bond of group blanket seamers. I had flashbacks to sewing up our long-ago blankets for Afghanistan.
It’s a good feeling.
Thank you, Karen! See you at the next one!
P.S. I don’t want to miss a local-to-me sewing-up party if I can help it, so please give me a shout if any of you Team Blanket Leaders are scheduling sew-ups in the tri-state area.
Photos by Karen Tumelty.