Wow! It is heartening to hear from so many of you about making a blanket for Tia Coleman. Thank you, everybody, for your generous hearts and readiness to knit a square for Tia.
Yarn has gone out to the folks who will be making squares for Tia, so we think the blanket will come together quickly.
What strikes us now is how many of you instantly volunteered to knit squares. We’ve been thinking about how we can help channel all this goodwill (not to mention knitting talent!) toward the making of other blankets.
A Proposal: Team Blanket
Basically, we’d like to encourage anybody who would like to help knit a blanket. In our experience, knitting squares for a group-knit blanket is one of the greatest joys of knitting. We want you to have this experience.
What Kay and I can’t handle is receiving a thousand squares and turning them into blankets. (We did this in 2004 and it was huge fun, but Kay needed to buy new real estate to house the incoming packages.)
We’re asking for knitters to volunteer to be Team Blanket leaders.
Here’s the thing. Making a group blanket isn’t the hardest thing in the world, but it definitely requires a leader who is committed to making it all come together.
What It Takes to Be a Team Blanket Leader
Getting a blanket figured out, a recipient identified, communicating with square-knitters, the logistics of mailing squares, the sewing up of the squares, the delivery of the blanket—all these steps require a cool head, good organization, commitment to seeing it through. And maybe a teeny bit of friendly nudging to get to the finish line. (Pro tip: you may end up knitting extra squares to get the thing to turn out right.) (This is not a problem; you like to knit, right?)
Think middle school basketball coach. Think kindly person who loves making cool things happen.
So: if you are feeling like a Team Blanket leader, email us at helloATmasondixonknittingDOTcom. Let us know what you have in mind for your blanket: recipient, pattern, yarn weight, number of knitters required, time frame. All these are up to each leader.
The financial component is that you’ll need to cover the cost of shipping the finished blanket to the recipient. The time component is however long it takes to oversee the making of squares and sewing up of the blanket. Pro tip: sewing up squares makes an excellent opportunity for a party. When a group sews up a blanket, it is a) superfun and b) fast.
How It Will Work
We envision this blanket-making venture as a series of topics in the MDK Lounge, our online forum where knitters can communicate easily with each other and the Team Blanket leader.
- Each blanket project will have its own thread for conversation, counsel, and sharing of photos. Seeing blankets come together is another of the great joys of knitting.
- Knitters who want to knit squares can volunteer for the blanket or blankets they want to work on.
- Team Blanket leaders can recruit friends, knitting groups, guilds, total and complete strangers from the bus stop—whoever you like.
- If you like, we will give you the pattern for the Mitered Crosses Blanket to distribute to your knitters for free.
- Knitters will provide their own yarn for their squares, as well as postage to send the squares to the Team Blanket leader. If a leader wants to take on sending yarn to knitters, at their own expense, have at it. But in our experience, blankets can be very beautiful even with a varied bunch of yarns.
- This blanket-making effort can continue as long as Team Blanket leaders want to lead, as long as knitters want to knit.
Updates from Us
We hope to see some beautiful blankets emerge from all your good hearts. Email us at helloATmasondixonknittingDOTcom if you’re up for being a Team Blanket leader. We’ll contact you with more details and our Time-tested Tips for Excellent Group-Knit BlanketsTM.
And if you’re game to knit a square for one of these blankets, watch this space. We’ll let you know when the Lounge has some Team Blanket opportunities for you.
We’ll be watching all this very closely, and will be knitting squares ourselves.
Ann and Kay