As the holiday season grinds into full swing, I thought I’d give a full update on the Share A Square 2010 project (so I can make myself move on to other topics). For those of you unfamiliar with it, volunteers from around the world are crocheting six inch squares to put together afghans for children with cancer and their siblings. These will be delivered at three summer camps (Camp Quality in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas) next June. Those squares are collected at my house, and I’m working at getting them stitched into afghans to blanket those children with love.
I have good news, better news, and some news that alarms me. And, as always, I have a request.
First the good news: Nimble-fingered crafters have been crocheting away! We are more than a third of the way toward our goal of 12,000 squares! Other folks have been donating yarn and laminating paper, so I have enough to keep working for awhile. What marvelous volunteers you all are! I can’t thank you enough. The handwork you have done is beautiful!
To date, I’ve been stitching those delightful squares into fifteen afghans that are finished, primped, and ready to photograph. First I have to find a flat surface with no cat hair. Once they are photographed, I can package them and put them away until summer. Valeria ( a volunteer who found me at the coffee shop) is putting together a sixteenth afghan. Four “full kits” are sitting by my worktable waiting for me to sit down and stitch. That makes twenty afghans.
It’s not as many as I had hoped to finish by this time, but do you remember I said I had better news?
The better news is this: I’ve found possibilities for two groups who might be interested in helping me with “afghan-put-together-events.” Y’all, I can stitch one fourth of an afghan in less than two hours. Four people could finish an entire afghan in that time. If I can get twenty people to sit down at each “event,” this project will be rolling!
That brings me to the alarming news: I want to allow people who help me stitch to see a finished product, so I sat down this morning to sort squares into the “afghan kits” I have begun. I was hoping I’d have enough squares to complete about ten of them. So you will know, an “afghan kit” holds eighty squares, each from a different person.
On my table are 35 stacks of squares from different volunteers whose squares have NOT been put into any of those kits. Some of the stacks only have two or three squares (after I used some of them for the afghans that are now finished). When I pulled out the kits that have the most squares already in them, I discovered that most only have 38-42 squares in them.
So, you haven’t forgotten that I have a request, have you? This is not for those of you who have been steadily working your little fingers to the bone to make squares for these little kids and sending them to me. It’s for those of you who had good intentions.
Maybe you read about this project a month ago and made five squares. Then, you realized that the holidays were upon us and said to yourself, “Self, I want to send Shelly twenty squares, but I don’t have time to do that now. I’ll just tuck these away in a basket and make more after the holidays.”
How can I say this gently? Puhleeze! Pretty please, with sugar on top! Before the post office is packed with people with packages, send those five squares to me! Send as many as you have. It will allow me to finish some of these kits, so my volunteers can experience the thrill of completing an afghan with your beautiful handiwork.
Y’all know you won’t have time to do much during the holidays, and I really don’t want you to spend your time crocheting. I want you to enjoy your own families and friends. So, if you’ve got a few squares stashed for me send them on to :
P.O. Box 2241
Denton, Texas 76202
Then, sit back with a sigh. Drink a glass of eggnog and know you did your good deed for the holidays. I hope they are delightful.