The Afghanalong for Afghans has been chugging along for a fourth glorious month. In addition to performing my duties as Keeper of the Squares (a knitter actually addressed a parcel of squares to me by that honorific), I had fun hanging out at the warm and welcoming home of our reader Phyllis, who assisted by laying out two more afghans. The one pictured above is composed entirely of squares knit from Rowan Handknit DK Cotton, most of which were contributed by far-flung Rowanettes. Their stashes are greatly to be praised!
Phyllis and I left some blank spots to be filled by squares TBKL (To Be Knit Later), hopefully in a nice shade of green that will tie the blanket together. TBKL by whom is not, at the moment, clear. But we have faith. If we lay it out, they will come.
Phyllis also laid out our first dishcloth cotton afghan, which is as cheery as can be. Both of these afghans are large baby-size, cuddly and colorful. There are plenty more squares where these came from.
Thanks so much to Phyllis, who in addition to lending her eye and her time to the layout effort, has been travelling around the Northeast appearing on cable t.v. programs to promote the Afghanalong and Afghans for Afghans. Phyllis is a Living Doll–and you know Living Doll-hood is not a distinction that is lightly conferred.
Fun With Maps
Yowza. Once again, state and national pride have been channelled away from petty football rivalries and boundary disputes, and into peaceful collaboration to fill up the Afghanalong maps. Here are the current maps, showing sources of squares by:
Note newcomers Australia (aka Susan) and Taiwan (aka Alison)–welcome!
A Special YooHoo for Valor to Julia, who mailed a square from a weekend jaunt to Las Vegas, thus lighting up Nevada. What sacrifice! What dedication! What a hoot!
Teapot of Destiny
This month, the names that went into the teapot for each square included: Rhode Island Mary, Jena, Siow Chin, Abby, Ogata, Melanie W., Debi, Wendy P., Lydia, Carolyn M., Carolyn F., Alison J., Melinda, Mary B. from Richmond, Maureen, Amanda, Julia, Cristina, Amanda, Susan from Australia, Maggi, Larissa, Katie, Kathleen, Polly, and Revitz House Knitters Sylvia (all 3 Sylvias!), Pearl, Dora, Frances and Gladys. Joseph did his usual double-blind drawing (eyes closed plus can’t read), and the winner of the apple green Rowan Kid Classic is Kathleen of Long Island, New York. Congrats Kathleen! (I’ll meet you at the Costco at Exit 53–just kidding!)
Next Month’s Loot
Could we have a moment of silence, please, for this month’s drawing prize? Although I had intended to give away another bag of seriously woolly wool, something about the Memorial Day weekend (and probably that Jonathan Richman song) made me feel all footloose. So I called upon the faithful Polly, who happened to be coming across the pond from the Mother Ship (Liberty of London), to run a small errand for us (Polly HATES yarn shopping). Ladies and gents, raise your gin and tonics to the July 1 drawing prize: 13 squiggly, summery skeins of…
….the coveted Rowan Cotton Braid, in Shade 357, Dali (as in Salvador). The only yarn that looks like scribble lace and knits like rick-rack. Why 13 skeins? Clever Polly figured out that this is the amount needed to make a long-sleeved pullover in the XL size. (FYI, it’s also enough to make 6 and a half boobylicious ‘Ocean Drive’ halter tops.) There are lots of other designs in Rowan’s Cotton Braid Collection of sexy summer patterns with names like Lambada and Mambo, Martini and Margarita. (What? No Mojito? No Elec….Tric…..Slide?) Start knitting, and good luck to all. I may weep as I stuff the jiffy bag next month, but it’s for a good cause, and I will be strong.
As a special Summer Surprise, I leave you with refreshing pix of:
(Thanks Alex and Chris, for being such good sports.)