Well, the mailman has come and gone, and all the March squares are present and accounted for. This month we got an amazing number of amazing squares. Many left me stunned at the skill and imagination it took to make them. (Thing I Like About Knitting No. 1,352: I can be awed by another knitter’s artistry, humbled in my very soul by her talent, and still take up my own needles with a happy heart.)
It is intriguing to think about where all these squares are coming from. The Internet is a wonderful thing. We got squares from my very own zip code and squares from Hong Kong, Denmark, and New Mexico. Canada. The U.K. France. So I went to a cool website and cooked up these maps showing Provenance of Squares by:
Like a 10-year-old collecting State quarters, I’m hell bent on filling in the spaces on this map. What can we do to coax a couple of squares out of Alaska and Hawaii? A Mason-Dixon Knitting Dog Race? A Mason-Dixon Knitting luau, or maybe just cocktails on the lanai? Surely you can get us an Alabama square–just drive over the border and mail me one from there. I’m not a stickler for authenticity. Nobody has to show me a phone bill or anything.
Now what about the Teapot of Destiny? Into the mighty vessel of fate went one of these names for each square:
Jill R., Jessica R., Lisa Kathryn, Melanie W., Molly B., Siow Chin, Patti, Barbara, Cristina, Carolyn M, Amy Cyborgoddess, Lori, Mary Beth I., Louise M., Teep, Melanie H., Mindy, Marnie, Carrie, Mary B., Andrea, Loose Ends Melissa, Nancy D., Evelyn, Mary F., Maggi, Heidi, Debbie L., Julia T., Monica N., Melanie G., Jena, Christy, Sylvia, Rebecca, Larissa, Adrienne, Karen H., Ann M., Donna “Bliss”, Ann B., Sylvia B., Pearl B., Dora P., Frances H., Gladys B., Jenny G., Ida D., Mary B., Alexandra, Kim D., Tish, and Denise.
Joseph, the Illiterate (and Therefore Unquestionably Fair and Impartial) Drawer of the Names, stuck in his little fist, fished around suspensefully in search of one that felt really good, and out came Marnie, the lucky winner of this month’s bag of Rowan Felted Tweed. Congrats!
And so we enter our third month of collecting squares for Afghans for Afghans (click on the link on the sidebar to find out more about this wonderful organization). Every square we receive between now and then will put its knitter’s name in a drawing for a dee-lightful bag of Rowan Magpie, a classic aran-weight wool in Shade 688, Teal. Magpie comes in 100 gram hanks, so this is 1000 grams. In other words, enough to make a poncho for two, or maybe even get down with your Debbie New self and make a boat (she really did knit a boat! it was lace! it floated, with a strapping guy rowing it!). Magpie makes your knitting look perfect, and there is no better yarn to show off those bobbles and cables we occasionally feel a yen for.
It’s been a delightful month collecting so many examples of beautiful knitting. Each square embodies a simple wish to help. We do not have to look far to find accounts of destitution in Afghanistan. Our blankets will come, literally, from the hands of friends.