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  • I am assuming there was no planning when it came to colors, which makes it doubly exciting that all together, your crosses look so dang beautiful. And I love that because I am traveling and five hours ahead, I get to be one of the first comments.

  • Wow! All the squares looks so beautiful!

  • Wow, can you share the sweater pattern names for Kristens’ sweater as well as Kays’? They are pretty amazing! The blanket is really beautiful, thanks for sharing this with us!

    • My sweater is Whitby, by Jane Gottelier, in Rowan Denim: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/whitby-sweater

      I hope we hear from Kristen!

    • This is exactly what I was going to ask! Thank you for sharing the link to Whitby, and I hope we do hear from Kristen.

    • It’s the Two Harbors Poncho by Sarah Smuland.

      • In Tahki Yarns Tahoe, which is incredibly soft and light.

      • Thank you Kristen! I was just about to ask the same thing.

      • Thank you. I like it so much better on you than in the pattern photos. Off to look at other ones. I have a lot of appropriate yarn for that.

        • I know, right? A poncho that doesn’t look like a poncho.

  • I use a three-needle bindoff as a design element on the right side. If you bindoff in k1p1 the seam faces up instead of to one side. I’ve even done this with crocheted squares for a quilted effect.

    • That is brilliant, Gloria. I’ve done it on the RS with good effect, but never tried the K1P1 bindoff. Next time! (And there is always a next time.)

    • This is right up there with the Patty Lyons One-Maneuver SSK as a GAME CHANGER!

  • Oh wow, that’s my kind of party. I wish I could have been there! The blankety goodness is really wonderful to see.

    • PS I see my squares! Hi squares!

  • This is wonderful – it looks like so much fun! And the squares are really beautiful.

  • This makes me so happy on this Thursday morning when I’m feeling melancholy…thanks for the day brightener!!

  • I love seeing you all sewing those squares up!! What a great way to accomplish the tedious finishing task.

  • Beautiful knitting, everyone! Did I miss the post about Tia receiving her blanket?

  • Wow, just beautiful!! You 5 ladies did a fabulous job Thank you Kay for posting these pics;) Can’t wait to see the next installment of Team Blanket #2

  • Interested minds want to know what sweater Kay is wearing and is it a pattern I can knit!? Great work everyone 🙂

    • It’s Whitney— I put the link above. It’s a fun cable pattern, attainable by anyone who can read a cable chart.

      • WHITBY, Autocorrect!

  • Oh my goodness–I see there is already a link! THank you! 🙂

  • Good work, all! 🙂 Brings tears to the eyes…………..

  • Wow. I had no idea what an amazing adventure this would be! I’ve been trying to post all day but every time I started typing I got all happy and weepy and it was all too much for me! In the best possible way.

    Goodness gracious! This is so much more than an online community–it’s a neighborhood.

    For the record, I cannot take much credit for putting the colors together. I just put them all out on the floor in sets of 12 and let them tell me which ones wanted to move. There are two in the first layout picture that decided they wanted to join another blanket. They are so much happier there. I think that having a specific yarn to use (along with a few rebels) made it a lot easier. The Brown Sheep palette was already curated at their factory. We just narrowed it down a bit.

    We are in good shape for eight blankets plus that ridiculously beautiful crocheted blanket that Ann Webb sent along. Which means there will be a blanket for the firehouse.

    Our Lady of the Three Needle Bind Off, gave us a rock solid, mid-western tutorial on the technique (here it is, here’s how you do it, now go! Bind off!) No dancing around, no hand holding, just trust! It was wonderful.

    There will be more gatherings after the holidays. And no, you don’t have to be a member of Team 2 to come along for the ride. All are welcome! I’ll post some dates soon.

    There is so much more to say but I’m tearing up a little (again!) so I will leave it with this. Loving Action is a wonderful thing. You are all spectacular.

    A few minor notes to the other commenters:

    Ann, that is not one of your squares! But I love that you see your own work in someone else’s square. Connections have been made. We have found common ground. There is so much divisiveness in our world right now and seeing ourselves in each other is making me cry yet again. The only intentional move that I made when I first threw all the squares down on the floor was to make sure that your squares, Kay’s squares, and my squares were spread out among the piles. I’m hoping we’ll be able to find a date when you’re in town to sew up one with your square in it while you’re here.

    Turns out Kristen knows one of my oldest and closest friends. Go figure.

    Pat Slaven (aka The Stain Maven–she can get anything out of anything) is a lifelong fiber engineer (among other types of engineer) and fiber artist. Even she learned something new! She also grows the best tomatoes.

    Kesang had a crappy morning. I met her briefly a few weeks earlier and texted her at the last minute. Turns out, it was at the exact moment when she was saying to herself “I gotta get out of this house today!” Kismet!!

    Kay’s sweater was fantastic. Dare I say epic!

    Kristen’s sweater (with apologies to Kay) was even more epic because she’s a newbie. I touched it (pet it is more like it). It’s delish.

    I was blown away by how quickly the work got done.

    Remember that scene in the beginning of The Godfather when Marlon Brando says “You come to me on the day of my daughters wedding, blah, blah, blah, a day may come when I ask you for a favor, blah, blah, blah” but it’s really clear that Don Corleone has that guy’s marker? Well I’m that guy and Kay’s Don Corleone. Not only did she teach us all, she worked her tail off and then took the whole shebang home, finished up the long seams and did the icord. I will go to the mattresses for her anytime.

    You are all wonderful people and I love you so!

    • Looking amazing! So wish I lived closer to join in the three-needle-bind-off bash. I will live vicariously. Scrolling through and admiring the beautiful colors of the coordinating blocks, I was somewhat questioning my own multicolored choice… and then I spotted my square on a stack! Can’t wait to see how everything comes together. Thank you again, Karen and all who are contributing! xo

    • Oh, you’re making me cry, too.

      How do non-members get in on this? I’ve come back to knitting (after 45years), and now that the sore spot (rubbed by the needle?), has healed, my fingers are itching to do something.

      • Hi Christine,

        Over in the Lounge we have several “team blanket” threads, some of which I believe are still collecting squares. You can also lead a new team blanket for someone who could use a blanket.

        Stay tuned to Team Blanket #2 if you’re based in New York, as Karen will convene more sewing-up sessions after New Year’s, and all are welcome to come help turn squares into finished blankets.

        I’ve got one of those sore fingertips right now. Blaming it on the i-cord trim on the team blanket!

    • I have never been compared to Don Corleone but I kinda dig it? (The man loved applied i-cord.)

  • P.S. The staff at Francey Brady’s were charmed to have the knitters in the house. They were a little confused at first but then turned the lights up and took good care of us.

  • Kaysplaining! 🙂
    I love everything about this post right down to the well-lit pub for knitting.

  • That’s a whole basket full of good eggs right there.

  • I may see my square! Bottom right of the group square shot? This is like looking for your kid at commencement!

    • Flashbacks to the daily search for my kids on the summer camp website! They’d be in the background of a shot of pingpong, or ropes, or whatever crazy thing they were up to. And always: FILTHY.

  • Aw, what a great party! Beautiful squares, beautiful blankets, beautiful knitters!
    And even beautiful knitwear! Every time I’ve seen that denim Whitby over the years I’ve thought, “that is a sweater I would wear daily until it was in shreds.”
    Or at least until summer.

  • Is there a post somewhere about how to organize a good sewing up party? If not, I would like to read one!

    • Great idea! It’s not exactly difficult, but there are lots of little details. Karen did a brilliant job of organizing everything so that we could get to work immediately and have a great time.