Do y’all know that fairy tale of the shoemaker and the elves? Sure, you remember: The poor shoemaker couldn’t work fast enough to get ahead, so those little nekkid elves came and helped him work. They could do in one night what it took the shoemaker a week to do.
I wish I could find some elves around this house who crochet. They wouldn’t even have to run around nekkid, in fact I’d probably prefer that they didn’t (Yeah, I know it’s “naked,” I’m being a Texan). Of course, if I could teach my husband how to crochet, I might not mind nekkid……..
I told SusieJ that I was feeling a little bit down, but didn’t want to talk about it on the blog. I try to stay as upbeat as possible about Share A Square, because I know it will all come together. I’m just feeling a little nervous about it. I jumped in with both feet before I really had time to think it through. The enormity of the task is daunting sometimes. Susie told me that maybe if I talked it through, I could get some ideas for how to make it all happen. Blame her for this post. And, give me any ideas you have for facilitating this program! I’m open to suggestions.
This is what I wrote to you last night.
I’ve been thinking about all of you today, as I worked on the Share A Square Project. I wish that every one of you who have contributed to this project in any way could stand beside me right now. I wish that you could see the afghans you have made, because the pictures on the Afghan Gallery don’t do them justice. I wish that you could touch them. When I spread one of them out on the table, I choke up to cry. Seeing their beauty is awe inspiring. It’s powerful to read the tags with names of different women (and a few men) from around the country and the world. I promise you’d get chill bumps. I do every time.
I can’t embed this particular song in my website. It’s by Delbert McClinton, and it’s called “Sending Me Angels.” Take 3 minutes and 46 seconds and go listen to it. I’m dedicating it to all of you who are helping with this project.
In less than two months, you folks have poured your hearts into making crocheted squares. We have more than 1400 squares stacked up in my guest room (which won’t be able to house a guest for the next year)! That’s really pretty darned amazing for such a short time. I appreciate every stitch you have made and every one of you who have helped to spread the word about the project. When these squares are delivered to the children at Camp Sanguinity next summer, 140 children are going to be delighted.
We still need 5300 squares, but I don’t think I’ll have any problem getting those (as long as you don’t forget the project). The difficulty is that we have to have a variety from different people.
I’m behind on updating who has contributed (sorry…I’ve been all tangled up in yarn). If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say that at least 80 people have contributed squares so far. But, some of them only had time to make one or two squares. Most of those 1400 squares were made by about 18 people.
Right now, I have 55 stacks of squares made by different people. When I’m ready to put together an afghan, I pull one square from each of 48 stacks and get to work. Several of those stacks have 50-100 squares in them, but eight of those stacks only have one or two squares left. That means I can only make two more afghans until I get squares from some more people. I need them in a hurry, because I’m finding some elves! Actually, I think they may be angels.
Banter, a local bistro here in Denton, Texas, is allowing us to use their facility on August 12th to have a Share A Square Day. Today, I went around town trying to leave fliers at several different places. That’s a “whole ‘nuther story,” and not a particularly pretty one. I can’t bring myself to relate the agony of approaching strangers in a “cold call.”
Lets just say that “Corporate Policy” doesn’t allow folks to post fliers at places like Joanne’s Fabrics, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or Wal Mart. Those are the places that women who crochet might buy their yarn! Those are the folks I need to reach! Fortunately, there were some kind hearted humans working in a few of those places who said things like, “You can’t hang up a flier, but nothing says you couldn’t “accidentally” leave a stack on the counter.” Hooray for humans!
While I was chatting up the program at Wal Mart and at Hobby Lobby, several of the workers and customers who overheard me said, “Give me a flier; I can crochet.” I also lucked into finding a local woman, Donna G., who came to my house yesterday and took away 47 squares to put together an afghan for this project. She will add a square that she has made. Tomorrow, I’m driving to Kingston, Oklahoma to deliver enough squares for two afghans to Linda J. and her friend Kathy. Those are the
elves angels I’ve been seeking! If I find a few more people like that, the afghans will start getting stitched together quite rapidly. But, I need the squares!
Here’s what I really need: Instead of you putting all your time into making 15 squares to send me, make 5 squares, and rope two of your friends into making 5 squares each. I need the variety! If I could get every contributer to do that, I could keep my angels busy! My friend Marcia at Meeaugraphie posted some excellent suggestions on how to Make A Difference The Easy Way. Read her post; then maybe talk your teenage daughter into making one or two squares with her friends , or ask your neighbor to make a square. Ask the women at your church to whip out a few of them. Heck, even ask your mother-in-law to make one. You might find out she has a heart.
If any of you who have contributed think that you want to put a whole afghan together, don’t hesitate to tell me. As the squares come in, I can ship them to you. They are going to have to get put together at a rate of 10 or more a month to be ready by June.
Please don’t hoard the squares so that you can send an impressive pile! Send them on to me. When school starts, I will be on the road working again, so I need to get this project running smoothly before then. I can’t do that, if my mailbox looks the way it did this morning.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: The Share A Square Project is an ongoing one! You can see posts about what we did in 2010-2011 at this category link. Join us at Facebook or Ravelry. We would love to have your help. Visit the FAQ for more information.]