Saturday, September 22, 2007

A small Request...



Do you all know Oliver? If not, he is a wonderful little boy (I'm assuming that, as I've yet to have the pleasure of meeting him in real life!) who has Cerebral Palsy. He is often featured on his mum's blog. If you don't read this blog, go and do it now, it's worth it.

Last year you may or may not know that we organised an e-bay stash auction, which actually turned into about 20 auctions, raising not far off £1000 to go towards much needed new equipment. (Sorry Emma if I'm getting any of this wrong). Well he's now in need of a new car seat. I went to Halfords to buy son number 2's car seat for less than £20. Oliver's will cost around £1700. So I'm asking for your help...
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Whilst looking through the Stash Basket, I found lots of scraps of sock yarn. Too small to do much with. Too nice to throw away (throw away yarn? Never!) So I've come up with the idea of asking EVERYONE I know to knit me a square in sock yarn and send it to me. I will then sew all the squares together and make a beautiful blanket and then raffle it off.

So what do you all think? I'm asking for donations of squares (4 inch / 10 cm please) If you know anybody else who would like to join, please ask them - the more the merrier. And if you'd like a raffle ticket or two, I'm pricing those at £1 each (because of the exchange rate, I'm saying US $2 which I feel is near enough) I promise you that I'm very trustworthy and all money raised will head straight to Oliver's Fund. If enough squares turn up, I'm hoping to have the blanket finished and sent out before Christmas. Don't forget to include a name and contact address when you send your squares in!
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Many thanks. You are all very nice people!
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UPDATE!
Providing the squares are near enough to 4", I don't mind what stitch or style you use. And please get them to me asap - but let's give end of October as a cut off date.
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Another update!
If you don't have sock yarn, don't worry (I'm just obviously greedy!) It's just that I'd rather stay away from the lace weights and really chunky stuff. So 4-ply, double knit and maybe aran, but nothing thicker. Hope this is OK.

18 comments:

warrenincolne said...

As the delighted parents of someone who's received a similar blanket (Bump's Blanket), Kathryn and I would like to say that this is a wonderful idea and that the winner of the raffle would be getting a beautiful, one-off piece of craftwork.

Michaela, you're a glutton for punishment. Let's hope that you receive square squares this time! And you can rely on us for a square...or a square each if we have enough yarn.

daisie said...

what a good idea! do you have any specific requirements for the squares - garter, stocking, patterned, mitred?

Kirsten said...

Count me in. When do you want the squares in by?

kerrie said...

If you want to give people the HipKnits shop address to send them to I'll bring them all over to you and help you sew them together in exchage for a slice of cake one day? xx

Anonymous said...

Hi i would like to help but i do not have any sock wool. what ply could i use instead.

picperfic said...

you lovely girl, I'll see what I can do!

Working Mom Knits said...

Tragedy! I started a square this evening while Dennis was watching the Wiggles - he jumped on me and it slipped off my needles : (

Beginning again...

ps: WONDERFUL idea!

Monkee Maker said...

Hi Michaela,

Yes, Vera is indeed yours, all yours. I'll be posting her on wednesday (the only day I can get to the post office) so I hope you'll have her by the weekend.

And she'll be bringing a little square something with her :)

minxxy said...

Count me in for that.... how many stitches of sock yarn makes a 4inch square?? Im too lazy to figure it out!

Sussex Yorkie said...

Have 2 on the needles already. Made a rather fetching Diamond for my first attempt!

Kathleen said...

Count me in and please send your address to post it. BTW, I love your backsplash. How many colors did you use?

Sharon said...

Hiya
What a great idea...and I have a stash of sock yarn, only I discovered I really do not like knitting socks so can't think of a better way of using it! A couple of squares will be on thier way

heather said...

Excellent plan - and as Oliver always greets me with such a sweet smile and a hug I'm more than happy to help :0)

Maureen said...

Wonderful idea! I've just finished off a few pair of socks and was wondering what to do with the bits left over. Now I know!

Anonymous said...

n - do you have a smaple pattern for me? I have patterns for thick wool, but not for sock wool, and so I have no idea about how many stitches etc. are needed.
I would happily knit a square or two if i had a pattern.

Tracey said...

I have had the pleasure of meeting Oliver (and his parents)in person and I can tell you he IS a wonderful little boy, with a cheeky smile) It will be a pleasure to knit squares for him and even more of a pleasure if I am a raffle ticket winner!

Arianne said...

I wanted to make squares, but I didn't have any time until now...is it still open to send squares? Or is the cut-off still today?

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