AUTHOR: Cynthia Crysdale TITLE: Presenting....Justin's Blanket DATE: 6/20/2006 09:15:00 AM ----- BODY:
It is done. Actually it was done and drying last week although with the humidity it take the darling thing a while to thoroughly dry. The squares were sewn together at our party, Julia sewed up the panels and started on the edging which Dale finished. Thanks Julia and Dale!
My primo buddy Carole delivered it to the farm (that woman is everywhere!) and we gave it a gentle bath and here we are. Enjoy!
This is the whole blankie - sorry about the upper edges; didn't want to lay it on the ground and I think the outside light is the best for viewing.

This is another view of the top half of the blanket.

This is the bottom half of the blanket.

Another view of the blanket full scale. Pardon the squeezed and stretched out edges; perhaps this is the first kid test (Ed's finesse was not available - he left for work early this morning and the weather was too perfect not to get out there and take these). Nick, who wanted to know why his face couldn't be part of the picture since he was modelling the blanket (I did try to tell him he was 'showing' the blanket, not modelling it - not a huge distinction for photo hogging children I guess) wanted you all to know that the "perfectly mowed lawn" is his doing. Thanks to everyone who responded to the call for Justin's blue squares (if you don't see it here you will see it in another blanket soon!). This blankie is beautiful, soft and it smells really good!

Please keep them coming! We have three finished (I don't have Simone's but I should be receiving it soon), two more being sewn together by Jean-Anne, another being sewn together by Carole and more squares waiting. My goal is TWENTY blankets so please keep sending squares when you can. Thank you again!

-------- AUTHOR: Cynthia Crysdale TITLE: Draw Prizes and Things... DATE: 6/20/2006 08:18:00 AM ----- BODY:
I apologize for the long time between posts. My fatigue and fibro have been acting up and I have been so so tired.
Between Blogger's tantrums and my ups and downs I have been neglectful in posting some of the other draw prizes that I have received (that draw to take place on June 30, 2006 and I will make sure to recap draw prizes before the draw).
If I have neglected to email you for the receipt of squares, if I have not put up your stars (yours have been updated Dawn!) or I have messed up please let me know so I can rectify the situation. Okay - so here goes: I have developed an incredible love for the S 'n B'rs of Albequerque! These women knit up squares as a group and again have sent squares individually, they have sent yarn prizes, awesome energy and good thoughts. You guys rock! Last week Noelle sent some Lorna's Laces and then Ramona sent me some STR Sock Club Yarn. The sock club yarn not available to the public (with the pattern no less). Your ongoing generosity is absolutely wonderful!

Thank you Ramona!!!

Annarella sent me some lovely squares and a set of her stitch markers for the draw. This chick makes markers! Go check out her website; I was totally impressed (and making a list for myself!). She has some really neat stitchmarkers for sale. I will definitely be indulging in the near future (I have to wait for the fire on my plastique to be put out!). Thank you so much Annarella!!

The lovely Dee from Posh Yarns sent me some wonderful sock yarn. See that photo below? 2 x 50 grams (total of 360 yards) of oh so soft and precious Cashmere/Merino sock yarn - colourway: Hothouse. This stuff is delish!!! Dee is absolutely lovely and her yarn is exquisite.

Thank you Dee!!! I also got some Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (Cotton/Merino Blend) from my mom for the draw. It is a lovely shade of blue (Malibu Blue) and there are 5 skeins, each 215 yards, to come to some wonderful knitter.

Thanks Mom! Joy sent these lovely necklaces; one is for Ari (I will send it to you ASAP), one is for Grace and one is for me! These are lovely necklaces and I so appreciate the work that has gone into these beauties. Thank you Joy!!!!

Last but certainly not least, Julia sent this lovely Prayer Bear with her square. This is wonderful. I am not sure who the bear is intended for but I think I will send it to Justin.

Thank you so much Julia!

Thanks so much to everyone for their ongoing generosity and outpouring of love and warmth for the kids and this project. You are all wonderful! And a big thanks to Blogger for letting me post all the photos I want - woo hoo!!!

-------- AUTHOR: Cynthia Crysdale TITLE: The first blankets are drying.... DATE: 6/12/2006 07:12:00 PM ----- BODY:
Justin and Grace's blankets are drying - I should have the pics up later this week. They look awesome! Simone's blanket is being sewn up. I haven't updated stats for a while so here goes: 1. We are at 221 knitters - amazing! Thank you for continuing to volunteer. My goal is 20 blankets and I know it can be done. 2. Squares are still arriving - I need to send out a huge thanks to the following: Amanda Cathleen, Annarella, Dorothy, Joy, Julia, Karen, Karen K, Katie, Knitpastis, Knittymama, Lin, Noelle, Sandra, Scout and Tracey - the squares are beautiful and the goodies too! Thank you so much for your hard work!!!! If I have made an error or if you haven't gotten your duly deserved props for sending squares PLEASE let me know - I realize everyday how easy I make mistakes and I don't want to not give anyone the credit they so richly deserve. 3. I am still getting draw prizes - woohoo! I am donating a skein of the lovely and elusive Vespers sock yarn. Noelle generously donated some Lorna's Laces sock yarn. I must say these Albequerque S 'n B'rs are incredible - you girls are stupendous! Thank you Noelle! I have other draw prizes whose pictures I cannot load on. I will display them as soon as the problem is rectified. 4. I spoke with my brother about the status of our three kiddies - Jamie says Grace, Simone and Justin are all doing well with no significant changes for the worse - excellent news. Note: I have been having problems downloading photos for about the past week; hence no posts. Blogger is not letting me put up photos and when I can only one or two. I am rectifying this problem by moving my blogs - I will keep you posted as to when and where. I do apologize for not being able to put up more photos.
-------- AUTHOR: Cynthia Crysdale TITLE: The Sewing Party - Part Two DATE: 6/02/2006 11:53:00 PM ----- BODY:
I am crossing my fingers that this will post properly as Blogger is finally letting me load more pictures of the sewing party. Hard at work are Ann (front right), my primo buddy Carole (center) and Debbie (top left). These women took to the task and how.

More industrious square sewing. Debbie (top right), Julia (center) and Dawn (bottom left). I don't have a pic of Jean Anne but that girl worked her butt off.

This is the frontside of Gracie's blanket.

When I talked to Carole yesterday all the panels had been sewn up and she was finishing the edging. Which means almost done!

These blankets are looking so good and there is so much good energy in these. Carole said that sewing up Gracie's made her feel so good.

This is the front side of Simone's blanket. I don't have an update but I am sure Ann is well on her way. Ann, who is working at getting her Master Knitting Certificate, will certainly be doing a fantabulous job on putting together Simone's blanket.

I will be thrilled if this makes it way onto the net; pink power will blast it's way through Blogger boo-hoo-ness!

-------- AUTHOR: Cynthia Crysdale TITLE: Presenting....Justin's Blanket DATE: 6/20/2006 09:15:00 AM ----- BODY:
It is done. Actually it was done and drying last week although with the humidity it take the darling thing a while to thoroughly dry. The squares were sewn together at our party, Julia sewed up the panels and started on the edging which Dale finished. Thanks Julia and Dale!
My primo buddy Carole delivered it to the farm (that woman is everywhere!) and we gave it a gentle bath and here we are. Enjoy!
This is the whole blankie - sorry about the upper edges; didn't want to lay it on the ground and I think the outside light is the best for viewing.

This is another view of the top half of the blanket.

This is the bottom half of the blanket.

Another view of the blanket full scale. Pardon the squeezed and stretched out edges; perhaps this is the first kid test (Ed's finesse was not available - he left for work early this morning and the weather was too perfect not to get out there and take these). Nick, who wanted to know why his face couldn't be part of the picture since he was modelling the blanket (I did try to tell him he was 'showing' the blanket, not modelling it - not a huge distinction for photo hogging children I guess) wanted you all to know that the "perfectly mowed lawn" is his doing. Thanks to everyone who responded to the call for Justin's blue squares (if you don't see it here you will see it in another blanket soon!). This blankie is beautiful, soft and it smells really good!

Please keep them coming! We have three finished (I don't have Simone's but I should be receiving it soon), two more being sewn together by Jean-Anne, another being sewn together by Carole and more squares waiting. My goal is TWENTY blankets so please keep sending squares when you can. Thank you again!

----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger tara DATE:6/20/2006 11:42:00 AM Beautiful! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous jessica DATE:6/20/2006 11:48:00 AM The blanket looks wonderful! He will love it. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Miss Scarlett DATE:6/20/2006 12:18:00 PM That is great! I love that square with the teddy bear. So thoughtful.
Nick - the lawn looks great! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Pink One DATE:6/20/2006 12:21:00 PM It looks great ... brings tears to my eyes. I hope all the love in it helps Justin. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Dorothy DATE:6/20/2006 01:25:00 PM That is one beautiful blanket!
Good job on the grass Nick!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger strangelittlemama DATE:6/20/2006 11:45:00 PM oh, I'm so sad not to have gotten a square out for Justin. Are you looking for particular colors for the others?

It looks amazing! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Norma DATE:6/21/2006 03:17:00 PM Just beautiful. I didn't know you were still collecting squares -- duh on me! I'll get right on it. You may have to send me your mailing address again. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Rhonda DATE:6/22/2006 10:45:00 AM I absolutely and really and truely love that blanket. I'm so over-joyed to be a part of it. Justin will be cozy in it.

Nice blanket modeling job Nicky! Grass looks great too - way to go!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous kelly DATE:6/22/2006 08:55:00 PM ok i have 4 squares blocking right now that will be mailed out maybe fri or sat. i'm sorry i'm too late for the draw but glad to be knitting for a good cause :) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous amanda cathleen DATE:6/25/2006 11:28:00 AM Cyn, the blanket is fabulous all the love and prayers knitted in just makes it that much better! I love the penguin square. It is TOO cool!!
Nicky, you are a wonderful blanket model! You did such a great job on the grass, better than my lawn guy! ; ) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Rabbitch DATE:6/26/2006 02:06:00 AM That's a beautiful blanket!

Do the squares need to be pink and blue or are you going for any colour at all? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Knittymama DATE:6/26/2006 09:57:00 AM Wow, that turned out so beautiful!!! It is so amazing what has been accomplished on this board. I was glad to see my squares made it, and so fast. Can't wait to see the next blankies!!!


I'm starting a blankie for my own Knittybaby, I will be sure to squeek out a few more squares to send your way... ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger kelli ann DATE:6/26/2006 03:28:00 PM cynthia, it's gorgeous! excellent work, everybody!!! coucou, nick, and the lawn looks good! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger jackie DATE:6/27/2006 09:41:00 AM It looks wonderful. I found some pink yarn that I had dyed as samples for a student a few years back. I think that there may just be enough for another square. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Samantha DATE:6/28/2006 06:07:00 PM It's beautiful! I thought I had mailed my stuff to you, but just noticed it sitting on the shelf ... crud. I will mail it tonight. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger . DATE:7/01/2006 03:31:00 AM . ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger sarah DATE:7/09/2006 02:24:00 AM hi
i found this site through punk rock knit girls and i just wanted to say what a beautiful project you have undertaken.
i will send you some squares from australia in the next few weeks.
ps. i'm sure it's been said before but... omg, those eyes! gorgeous. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:7/13/2006 04:47:00 PM I'm hoping my 18 crocheted light blue squares got there ?? They would be good fill in for more decorative squares. Mailed about two weeks ago.

Anne
http://geocachingknitter.blogspot.com ----- -------- AUTHOR: Cynthia Crysdale TITLE: Draw Prizes and Things... DATE: 6/20/2006 08:18:00 AM ----- BODY:
I apologize for the long time between posts. My fatigue and fibro have been acting up and I have been so so tired.
Between Blogger's tantrums and my ups and downs I have been neglectful in posting some of the other draw prizes that I have received (that draw to take place on June 30, 2006 and I will make sure to recap draw prizes before the draw).
If I have neglected to email you for the receipt of squares, if I have not put up your stars (yours have been updated Dawn!) or I have messed up please let me know so I can rectify the situation. Okay - so here goes: I have developed an incredible love for the S 'n B'rs of Albequerque! These women knit up squares as a group and again have sent squares individually, they have sent yarn prizes, awesome energy and good thoughts. You guys rock! Last week Noelle sent some Lorna's Laces and then Ramona sent me some STR Sock Club Yarn. The sock club yarn not available to the public (with the pattern no less). Your ongoing generosity is absolutely wonderful!

Thank you Ramona!!!

Annarella sent me some lovely squares and a set of her stitch markers for the draw. This chick makes markers! Go check out her website; I was totally impressed (and making a list for myself!). She has some really neat stitchmarkers for sale. I will definitely be indulging in the near future (I have to wait for the fire on my plastique to be put out!). Thank you so much Annarella!!

The lovely Dee from Posh Yarns sent me some wonderful sock yarn. See that photo below? 2 x 50 grams (total of 360 yards) of oh so soft and precious Cashmere/Merino sock yarn - colourway: Hothouse. This stuff is delish!!! Dee is absolutely lovely and her yarn is exquisite.

Thank you Dee!!! I also got some Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (Cotton/Merino Blend) from my mom for the draw. It is a lovely shade of blue (Malibu Blue) and there are 5 skeins, each 215 yards, to come to some wonderful knitter.

Thanks Mom! Joy sent these lovely necklaces; one is for Ari (I will send it to you ASAP), one is for Grace and one is for me! These are lovely necklaces and I so appreciate the work that has gone into these beauties. Thank you Joy!!!!

Last but certainly not least, Julia sent this lovely Prayer Bear with her square. This is wonderful. I am not sure who the bear is intended for but I think I will send it to Justin.

Thank you so much Julia!

Thanks so much to everyone for their ongoing generosity and outpouring of love and warmth for the kids and this project. You are all wonderful! And a big thanks to Blogger for letting me post all the photos I want - woo hoo!!!

----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Juls DATE:1/19/2007 02:35:00 AM So glad you sent to prayer bear for Justin. I thought it might be a comfort to Grace or any or her friends at the hospital, including Justin. ----- -------- AUTHOR: Cynthia Crysdale TITLE: The first blankets are drying.... DATE: 6/12/2006 07:12:00 PM ----- BODY:
Justin and Grace's blankets are drying - I should have the pics up later this week. They look awesome! Simone's blanket is being sewn up. I haven't updated stats for a while so here goes: 1. We are at 221 knitters - amazing! Thank you for continuing to volunteer. My goal is 20 blankets and I know it can be done. 2. Squares are still arriving - I need to send out a huge thanks to the following: Amanda Cathleen, Annarella, Dorothy, Joy, Julia, Karen, Karen K, Katie, Knitpastis, Knittymama, Lin, Noelle, Sandra, Scout and Tracey - the squares are beautiful and the goodies too! Thank you so much for your hard work!!!! If I have made an error or if you haven't gotten your duly deserved props for sending squares PLEASE let me know - I realize everyday how easy I make mistakes and I don't want to not give anyone the credit they so richly deserve. 3. I am still getting draw prizes - woohoo! I am donating a skein of the lovely and elusive Vespers sock yarn. Noelle generously donated some Lorna's Laces sock yarn. I must say these Albequerque S 'n B'rs are incredible - you girls are stupendous! Thank you Noelle! I have other draw prizes whose pictures I cannot load on. I will display them as soon as the problem is rectified. 4. I spoke with my brother about the status of our three kiddies - Jamie says Grace, Simone and Justin are all doing well with no significant changes for the worse - excellent news. Note: I have been having problems downloading photos for about the past week; hence no posts. Blogger is not letting me put up photos and when I can only one or two. I am rectifying this problem by moving my blogs - I will keep you posted as to when and where. I do apologize for not being able to put up more photos.
----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger aija DATE:6/13/2006 11:25:00 AM Great news!

On the blogger front, I use blogger for the blog but flickr for all of my photos. I find its more reliable, has better options for scaling, and is free too (they will archive the pics forever, but only the most recent 200 photos will be available for viewing directly from flickr. if you use their html code/picture in a blog post, that pic will stay active...)

Best wishes to all involved! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Dorothy DATE:6/13/2006 01:07:00 PM Blogger has been horrible lately! I had to upload photos one at a time for a week. Suddenly, everything works again and the next day, down again! Aaargh!
I use Photobucket and Flickr to host pictures and you can always put links in your sidebar so people can access them at anytime. I also know that a lot of people use Typepad to run their blogs and they don't seem to have the problems Blogger does. It does cost a bit of money, but, you could always set up a Paypal account and add a donate button. I'd help you pay to keep this site up and running! I'm sure others would too. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Rebecca DATE:6/13/2006 07:56:00 PM I use flickr for my pictures also, and that might be a good option for you. It would mean that you could post your pictures so we could see them all in one place, and if you create a photo group, others can contribute photos of their squares too. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Teyani DATE:6/14/2006 11:41:00 AM I've had the same problemo with blogger of late - and am also thinking of moving my blog. Can't wait to see the finished blankets :-) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Samantha DATE:6/14/2006 01:25:00 PM Blogger is upgrading, apparently. Hope they hurry the heck up.

I have mail for you -- keep forgetting to shove it in the mailbox though. Hopefully will get it in there later today. :) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Rhonda DATE:6/15/2006 05:09:00 AM Blogger seemed okay yesterday and I got lots of pictures up in one post. Wish they would notify us if they were updating and we could be patient during the process. I use flickr sometimes but I'm still getting use to it.

20 more blankets, huh? I can't wait to see the first 3. I can't wait to see the kids getting them too! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Miss Scarlett DATE:6/15/2006 10:14:00 PM Wow - that is amazing!
224 Knitters! How many blankets will that be Cynthia?!
Don't worry - we all know about technical difficulties. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Teresa DATE:6/16/2006 07:47:00 PM Wow-so cool. Blogger stinks, but I am excited to see the blankies!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Jo-Anne DATE:6/17/2006 07:46:00 PM Way to go. Can't wait to see the blankets. Let's keep those squares coming in - you're all amazing!! ----- -------- AUTHOR: Cynthia Crysdale TITLE: The Sewing Party - Part Two DATE: 6/02/2006 11:53:00 PM ----- BODY:
I am crossing my fingers that this will post properly as Blogger is finally letting me load more pictures of the sewing party. Hard at work are Ann (front right), my primo buddy Carole (center) and Debbie (top left). These women took to the task and how.

More industrious square sewing. Debbie (top right), Julia (center) and Dawn (bottom left). I don't have a pic of Jean Anne but that girl worked her butt off.

This is the frontside of Gracie's blanket.

When I talked to Carole yesterday all the panels had been sewn up and she was finishing the edging. Which means almost done!

These blankets are looking so good and there is so much good energy in these. Carole said that sewing up Gracie's made her feel so good.

This is the front side of Simone's blanket. I don't have an update but I am sure Ann is well on her way. Ann, who is working at getting her Master Knitting Certificate, will certainly be doing a fantabulous job on putting together Simone's blanket.

I will be thrilled if this makes it way onto the net; pink power will blast it's way through Blogger boo-hoo-ness!

----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Dorothy DATE:6/03/2006 12:36:00 AM Awesome!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Anny DATE:6/03/2006 01:06:00 AM The blankets look beautiful already. And all those lovelies look like they were meant to be together, dontcha think? Amazing that, really. Considering they were all knit by different people not really knowing what everyone else was up to. Really, an awesome sight ;0)

And what about all those sewers? Aren't knitters great? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger aija DATE:6/03/2006 03:00:00 AM Amazing, just amazing how they're coming together.

Hooray for the knitters!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Rhonda DATE:6/03/2006 06:17:00 AM I don't see the pink blanket pictures ... Blogger must be testy today. I have trouble from my home computer as well. Can't wait to see the finished blankets!
Will we see you in the picture giving them to Grace & Simone?? I'm talking to you, Cindy, LOL. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Scoutj DATE:6/03/2006 09:05:00 AM It makes me so happy to see these blankets. I hope you received my square! Can you update us on the kids too? OR do you do that somewhere else? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger jackie DATE:6/04/2006 06:27:00 AM There are some truly fantabulous squares there! Wow! What an amazing response to this project! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Dawn DATE:6/04/2006 07:46:00 AM Hey Girlfriend,

When is the next sewing party? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Jo-Anne DATE:6/04/2006 08:28:00 AM The blankets look fabulous. Way to go knitters!! Keep those squares coming. THANKS to the hard-working ladies for sewing them up. Like Dawn said, when's the next party? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Vicki Knitorious DATE:6/04/2006 07:53:00 PM Oh, those blankets are absolutely FANTASTIC!!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Lisa DATE:6/04/2006 09:43:00 PM Beautiful! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger pacalaga DATE:6/05/2006 06:23:00 PM YAY, I saw some of my squares!
Hooray! I wish I could be there to help you sew. If you ever have need of sew-persons and you're tapped out in Canada, you could send those squares to me! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Sandy Cheeks DATE:6/07/2006 02:39:00 AM My square was sent with Katrina's package. I will send more soon. I plan to earn more stars by my name.

Being a beginner, hearing about your cause has really given me a chance to practice knitting and casting on and off.

I recently received approx. 50 different colors of yarn as a gift, along with 20 or so different size crochet hooks, craft books galore, hundreds of needles and spools of thread, complete with two identical sewing macines (one for parts, just-in-case).

My ultimate goal is to practice and learn until I can use these sentamental gifts to contibute to your much needed kind gesture. And perhaps one day I'll be confident enough in my handiwork to do the same and start another from scratch.

Thank you for your inspiration and keep a look out for my 7 in 7 package. You'll be seeing a lot more from me. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Miss Scarlett DATE:6/09/2006 01:48:00 AM Super cool!!
I love this - the blankets look incredible.
Beatiful work ladies.
Thank you all for sewing these treasures together - I am sure they will be dearly loved. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Annarella DATE:6/12/2006 02:15:00 AM The squares look amazing!

Just wondering whether you got mine yet... and the little gift too...

Take care xxx ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger markali52 DATE:4/28/2008 06:13:00 AM Superb work there are some great things here, on a bigger scale my friend knitted a complete cover set for aluminium garden furniture set, it was great warm and comfy, she put a lot of work into it and the design but I was bowled over with what she had done. ----- -------- Warming Grace: June 2006

Warming Grace

NAMED IN HONOUR OF MY NIECE GRACE WHO IS BEING TREATED FOR LEUKEMIA, WARMING GRACE IS AN ONGOING PROJECT DESIGNED TO CREATE BLANKETS FROM KNITTED AND CROCHETED SQUARES FOR CHILDREN DEALING WITH CANCER...

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Presenting....Justin's Blanket

It is done. Actually it was done and drying last week although with the humidity it take the darling thing a while to thoroughly dry. The squares were sewn together at our party, Julia sewed up the panels and started on the edging which Dale finished. Thanks Julia and Dale!
My primo buddy Carole delivered it to the farm (that woman is everywhere!) and we gave it a gentle bath and here we are. Enjoy!
This is the whole blankie - sorry about the upper edges; didn't want to lay it on the ground and I think the outside light is the best for viewing.

This is another view of the top half of the blanket.

This is the bottom half of the blanket.

Another view of the blanket full scale. Pardon the squeezed and stretched out edges; perhaps this is the first kid test (Ed's finesse was not available - he left for work early this morning and the weather was too perfect not to get out there and take these). Nick, who wanted to know why his face couldn't be part of the picture since he was modelling the blanket (I did try to tell him he was 'showing' the blanket, not modelling it - not a huge distinction for photo hogging children I guess) wanted you all to know that the "perfectly mowed lawn" is his doing. Thanks to everyone who responded to the call for Justin's blue squares (if you don't see it here you will see it in another blanket soon!). This blankie is beautiful, soft and it smells really good!

Please keep them coming! We have three finished (I don't have Simone's but I should be receiving it soon), two more being sewn together by Jean-Anne, another being sewn together by Carole and more squares waiting. My goal is TWENTY blankets so please keep sending squares when you can. Thank you again!

Draw Prizes and Things...

I apologize for the long time between posts. My fatigue and fibro have been acting up and I have been so so tired.
Between Blogger's tantrums and my ups and downs I have been neglectful in posting some of the other draw prizes that I have received (that draw to take place on June 30, 2006 and I will make sure to recap draw prizes before the draw).
If I have neglected to email you for the receipt of squares, if I have not put up your stars (yours have been updated Dawn!) or I have messed up please let me know so I can rectify the situation. Okay - so here goes: I have developed an incredible love for the S 'n B'rs of Albequerque! These women knit up squares as a group and again have sent squares individually, they have sent yarn prizes, awesome energy and good thoughts. You guys rock! Last week Noelle sent some Lorna's Laces and then Ramona sent me some STR Sock Club Yarn. The sock club yarn not available to the public (with the pattern no less). Your ongoing generosity is absolutely wonderful!

Thank you Ramona!!!

Annarella sent me some lovely squares and a set of her stitch markers for the draw. This chick makes markers! Go check out her website; I was totally impressed (and making a list for myself!). She has some really neat stitchmarkers for sale. I will definitely be indulging in the near future (I have to wait for the fire on my plastique to be put out!). Thank you so much Annarella!!

The lovely Dee from Posh Yarns sent me some wonderful sock yarn. See that photo below? 2 x 50 grams (total of 360 yards) of oh so soft and precious Cashmere/Merino sock yarn - colourway: Hothouse. This stuff is delish!!! Dee is absolutely lovely and her yarn is exquisite.

Thank you Dee!!! I also got some Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (Cotton/Merino Blend) from my mom for the draw. It is a lovely shade of blue (Malibu Blue) and there are 5 skeins, each 215 yards, to come to some wonderful knitter.

Thanks Mom! Joy sent these lovely necklaces; one is for Ari (I will send it to you ASAP), one is for Grace and one is for me! These are lovely necklaces and I so appreciate the work that has gone into these beauties. Thank you Joy!!!!

Last but certainly not least, Julia sent this lovely Prayer Bear with her square. This is wonderful. I am not sure who the bear is intended for but I think I will send it to Justin.

Thank you so much Julia!

Thanks so much to everyone for their ongoing generosity and outpouring of love and warmth for the kids and this project. You are all wonderful! And a big thanks to Blogger for letting me post all the photos I want - woo hoo!!!

Monday, June 12, 2006

The first blankets are drying....

Justin and Grace's blankets are drying - I should have the pics up later this week. They look awesome! Simone's blanket is being sewn up. I haven't updated stats for a while so here goes: 1. We are at 221 knitters - amazing! Thank you for continuing to volunteer. My goal is 20 blankets and I know it can be done. 2. Squares are still arriving - I need to send out a huge thanks to the following: Amanda Cathleen, Annarella, Dorothy, Joy, Julia, Karen, Karen K, Katie, Knitpastis, Knittymama, Lin, Noelle, Sandra, Scout and Tracey - the squares are beautiful and the goodies too! Thank you so much for your hard work!!!! If I have made an error or if you haven't gotten your duly deserved props for sending squares PLEASE let me know - I realize everyday how easy I make mistakes and I don't want to not give anyone the credit they so richly deserve. 3. I am still getting draw prizes - woohoo! I am donating a skein of the lovely and elusive Vespers sock yarn. Noelle generously donated some Lorna's Laces sock yarn. I must say these Albequerque S 'n B'rs are incredible - you girls are stupendous! Thank you Noelle! I have other draw prizes whose pictures I cannot load on. I will display them as soon as the problem is rectified. 4. I spoke with my brother about the status of our three kiddies - Jamie says Grace, Simone and Justin are all doing well with no significant changes for the worse - excellent news. Note: I have been having problems downloading photos for about the past week; hence no posts. Blogger is not letting me put up photos and when I can only one or two. I am rectifying this problem by moving my blogs - I will keep you posted as to when and where. I do apologize for not being able to put up more photos.

Friday, June 02, 2006

The Sewing Party - Part Two

I am crossing my fingers that this will post properly as Blogger is finally letting me load more pictures of the sewing party. Hard at work are Ann (front right), my primo buddy Carole (center) and Debbie (top left). These women took to the task and how.

More industrious square sewing. Debbie (top right), Julia (center) and Dawn (bottom left). I don't have a pic of Jean Anne but that girl worked her butt off.

This is the frontside of Gracie's blanket.

When I talked to Carole yesterday all the panels had been sewn up and she was finishing the edging. Which means almost done!

These blankets are looking so good and there is so much good energy in these. Carole said that sewing up Gracie's made her feel so good.

This is the front side of Simone's blanket. I don't have an update but I am sure Ann is well on her way. Ann, who is working at getting her Master Knitting Certificate, will certainly be doing a fantabulous job on putting together Simone's blanket.

I will be thrilled if this makes it way onto the net; pink power will blast it's way through Blogger boo-hoo-ness!