1: one book that made me cry yesterday
Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot by Margot Thies Raven. A wonderful true story of a man who did a little bit more than he had to during the Berlin Airlift of ’48. I think that the reason I was so touched by this was the relief I felt at the realization that there have always been people with compassion. I’ve been feeling a little dubious about the future lately. When I was a kid it seemed that things were getting better and the future was bright. The Cold War was ending, racism was being fought, David Suzuki was helping us save the trees from acid rain. Lately I’ve been feeling like the storms of troubles meant that the future was, at best, partly cloudy. Here came this book about a time long before my birth of people being good people, of compassionate people at the right place, and I felt a little sunnier.
40, 000,000: forty million AIDS orphans
Knit-A-Square wants you to make a few stitches to help these vulnerable children. “Crocheting and knitting for charity, especially for children in need, is not only an act of love but makes a difference. There are many millions of abandoned children, AIDS orphans and child-headed families in southern Africa, who live in dire poverty. They lack love, shelter, food, education and warmth.” Knit a bit, make them warmer.
105,000: Knit-a-Square’s target for 2010
Even one makes a difference. And it mails as letter mail.
10: Ten Squares I’ve knit this Week
Remember all the fun I had throwing dye parties for my family and friends as a birthday present to myself? Well, I have figured out a use for the worsted weight that we did at the family dye party.
I have always been attracted to stripes, but haven’t knit many for myself. I have a plan to knit a striped raglan with my odd balls of yarn, but I haven’t had time yet. The chance to play with colours has been so addictive. I love playing with the colours. What does it look like with the lime green as the background? What about when the pink is the background and the stripes are lime? Simple, nearly mindless knitting that nevertheless fascinates.
4: Four Patterns that knit on the Diagonal
Wonderful because you just knit ’til they’re the right size, then start decreasing.
Reverse Mitered Square – this is the one that I can’t stop knitting. I love the look of the stripes in garter and the sharp angle they take.
Diagonal Weave – This looks like so much fun and yet so simple.
Diagonal Ripple – Textured and tactile.
Grandma’s Favourite Dish Cloth – I took the pattern and adapted it to have no holes and be warmer. Here’s how to do it:
No-Holes Dish Cloth, aka Easy Square
Cast on 4 stitches
Row 1: Knit 4
Row 2: Knit 2, kfb, knit across the row.
Repeat Row 2 until one side measures 20 cm/8 inches.
Row 3: Knit 1, ssk, knit to the end of the row.
Repeat Row 3 until you have 4 stitches on the needle.
For squares going to KAS, leave a 1m tail for them to use to sew them together.
2: two inspiring blog posts worth reading:
Sewing Circle – the colours alone are worth the click, but the thought that homeless flood victims are getting these quilts…sigh
Discovering the Joy of Sheer Existence – see. love.