An S.O.S. From S.A.S. Trouble for Share A Square 2010.

I’ve been stitching afghans together in quiet desperation. For several days I have been lower than a worm’s belly. The Share A Square 2010 campaign is in trouble … and I’m not sure what to do. My grand plan had been to make 150 afghans to give to children at three different Camp Quality cancer camps this summer. People commented and said it was a good idea. In fact, the Facebook Page I created for it has 348 members.

I’m not hearing from many of them. Maybe they are working on squares, but just haven’t mailed them yet. I know that some of them are. Perhaps some of them just “liked” the page and moved on to other interests? I appreciate that they liked the page (when they pressed “like,” it gave the project some publicity) … but I could sure use some squares! Maybe I haven’t badgered them enough? It’s easy to forget … even when you have good intentions.

Let me go on record as saying that the volunteers I have are fabulous! I am so very proud of them! They’ve been working their fingers to the bone: 70 71 {Note: I can’t believe I left Kathleen C. from Huntingtown, MD off the list! She has helped me with every single project I have done! Mea culpa.} people have sent me 2960 squares(see the list of crocheters below)! Every single one of the squares are lovely. But … I need squares from 80 people to be able to finish an afghan. I need 12,000 squares! I’ve only been able to finish one afghan — and that’s only because I had a few squares left from when we did this project three years ago.

My initial goal had been to get the squares by the end of December, so that I could concentrate on just making the afghans (instead of the “behind the scenes” work of laminating, tagging, and sorting). At this point, I don’t see how that is going to happen.

I thought about dropping one of the camps … but that will be my last resort. Maybe I can teach those men who sit at the coffeehouse in the mornings how to crochet? Or, can I start pretending that this blog is a pledge drive for National Public Radio? Y’all know how they nag and nag and never shut up? I can bore you silly begging for squares … but it will make you switch to another station!

Here is what I have decided to do for now:

I’LL EXTEND THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING THE SQUARES UNTIL APRIL 30TH. But, PLEASE do not wait until the last minute to send them! If you have five squares finished … send them! It might help me finish an afghan.

The address again is :
Shelly Tucker
P.O. Box 2241
Denton, TX 76202

However, read the FAQ if you haven’t made squares before. Hopefully it will answer most of your questions.

Extending the deadline is the first thing I decided to do. Then, I figured that I could start putting together 20 squares at a time and rim those 20 with a black edging. It will make it easier to stitch the groups together, and when four are put together there will already be an edging. If all else fails, and I don’t get enough squares (God forbid) I can put four together even if one person’s squares are in the afghan more than once. At least I might make enough to cover the kids at one camp. I will not waste a single one of the squares I’ve received! That’s a promise.

one-fourth of afghan

Last, but not least, I’m going to be talking more about Share A Square on the blog. I’ll try to go easy on it, but I don’t have any time to sit at the computer to write a normal post right now. I’m busy connecting the squares sent by the following volunteers. I hope I get to add your name to the list:


They come from thirty two states and four other countries. Give them a round of applause!

AZ Alyce L. in Glendale
AZ Debbie W. in Casa Grande
CA Ann B. in Clovis
CA Bette H. in Napa
CA Eve-Marie H. in Sacramento
CA Patricia L. in Camarillo
CA Dionne O. in Hollister
CA Alice S. in Plymouth
CO Callista Cs. in Lakewood
CO Cheryl F. in La Junta
FL Marilyn B. in Winter Park
FL Rita M. in Hialeah
FL Kerrie M. in Kiss
GA Annette H. in Athens
HI Carol O. in Honolulu
IL Shirley M. in Westville
IL Valerie W. in Steger
KY Alexa C. in Louisville
KY Angela S. in Louisville
LA Joyce F. in Baldwin
LA Sandra P. in Ama
LA Karen R. in Hammond
MA Patricia F. in Fall River
MD Kathleen C, in Huntingtown
MD Jean C. in Clarksburg
MI Teresa W. in Grand Rapids
MN Dana J. in Winona
MO Joy H. in Peculiar
MO Kathleen in Lee’s Summit
MO Kathy in Belton
MO Laurita in Blue Springs
MO Diana M. in Grandview
NC Jennifer S. in Cornelius
NC Brenda W. in Kannapolis
NE Katie A. in Omaha
NH Janice B. in Bow
NJ Judi K. in Roselle Park
NJ Susan S. in Annandale
NM Nikki A. in Hobbs
NV Angela V. in Reno
NY Jean K. in Howard Beach
NY Patti M. in Dunkirk
NY Catherine S. in Merrick
NY Yvonne T. in New York
OH Judy B. in Eaton
OH Ginger in New Holland
OK Rebecca F. in Norman
OR Cindy H. in Tillamook
OR Debbie S. in Hillsboro
PA Ms. Hartman in Bowmansville
PA Lisa L. in Philadelphia
PA Ceil P. in Jessup
PA Carole S. in Olyphant
RI Deb P. in Smithfield
TN Deanna C. in Kingsport
TN Kathryn G. in Madisonville
TX Pat C. in Dallas
TX Cheri K. in Plano
TX Eneida K. in Killeen
TX Sherry L. in Weatherford
TX Charlene M. in Jacksboro
TX Shelly T. in Denton
TX Sandra W. in Fort Worth
VA Dee S. in Toano
WA Suzanne M. in Brush Prairie
WI Heather G. in Bristol
WV Mary Ellen K. in Kearneysville

CANADA Viola C. in Toronto, Ontario
ISRAEL Micki F. in Jerusalem
NORWAY Shirley B.
UNITED KINGDOM Paula K. in Rainford, St. Helens
UNITED KINGDOM P. Wainwright in Sheffield

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.

  10 comments for “An S.O.S. From S.A.S. Trouble for Share A Square 2010.

  1. November 6, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Look at all those names! Wonderful! Shelly, are you keeping a record of how many squares each person sent? I’m asking because I don’t remember how many I sent. I think it was around 50, but not sure. I can certainly do more. I know you don’t want more than 1 from each person in a ghan.

  2. November 6, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Awright! It’s a chilly Saturday night, and Greg is at a church function. I’ve fired up HGTV (my secret vice), and the “Design Studio” shows start in a little less than an hour. I’ve got a nice rum toddy (recipe available on request), I’m wearing my snuggie, and I’ve already added one to my meagre stash of squares while watching “Designed to Sell.” 🙂 Let’s see how many squares I can get done between now and bedtime. I’ll add them to the pitiful few I already have and send them off on Monday.

  3. Nancy Kadala
    November 6, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Shelley, I work slowly, but am making squares for you. I will get some mailed this week, and will continue mailing some as I get a batch. I admire you for your great project. Nancy -K Nancy Kadala

  4. Jennymcb
    November 6, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    HGTV on Sunday morning is my TV time! Nothing secret about it! Such a great time to get squares done.

  5. November 7, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    So many people helping you ! And your afghan looks so good.
    I hope you receive lots of squares.
    Unfortunately, I don’t know how. I bake and bake and bake. But I don’t crochet or knit.

  6. November 8, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I’d missed that you were doing this again! I will put aside some time to make some squares and send them off to you. I don’t know how many I can squeeze in but I’ll definitely try!

  7. November 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Shelly – I’m one of those non-supporting but yet, I do support your “share a square” efforts – albeit it mainly in my mind. I know that does nothing to help your cause now, does it. However, I did get I think 12 squares crocheted when you had first mentioned this worthy cause a couple years ago but never got tags made for them much less mailed out to you. Lord knows, I surely have more than enough yarn stashed away here that if I’d get my fingers in gear, I could easily enough make up several more squares. The trick for me is to remember to make tags and then, to ship them to you. I won’t promise this will be a quick thing that you will receive because I’m heavily engrossed in embroidery stuff, trying to set up an site for my crafts and then, getting my memory to function through the “Chemo Brain Drain” thing that Janine over at Sniffles and Smiles informed me is all a part of dealing with chemo. I’ll try to get this request for help with your project moved up into the area of my brain that might be better in remembering stuff than other groves seem to be. Hang in there Kid, as I’m sure others will also follow through and make this as big a success as the other one was!

  8. Jessica in Oklahoma
    November 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I just learned about your project. I love this! I am working on some squares for you right now. I will make as many as I can and ship them off to you. It may be a little while before I get them shipped off to you but I wanted to let you know that I was working on some for you.

  9. November 23, 2010 at 9:59 am

    There are 157 days until 4/30. That means that I could do one square a day if I were just starting, and still be able to do the full 150! Anyone lurking and thinking about helping should consider that – you don’t have to do them all tomorrow, just one a day will get the job done for these deserving kids. A simple granny square doesn’t take more than an hour in front of the TV (I can do one in 35 minutes!)

    Shelly, I know I sent 69 to you so far, and I have about a dozen piled up in my house now. I’ll probably ship in another week or two when this box is full. I’m committed to getting you the full 150 come what may. And when I’m done I may still stockpile the occasional square so that I’m ahead of the game next year.

    We can do this!!!!!

  10. RitaS
    November 23, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Shelley, I don’t crochet, but I will send a small amount of money (check) to help you in laminating, shipping etc and all that you do. I heard about this from Deborah S-A of HAP.

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