Hello to all of you. I just realized how long it has actually been since my last post. I decided to go back to school last semester and it has been crazy keeping up on the homework as well as taking care of a family and Love-Squared. While I may have neglected the website the blankets were still being put together. Last week I delivered 57 blankets to Family House. This is the largest number of blankets we have been able to deliver at one time!!! Excellent work to you all.
Since it is spring again, FINALLY, I am issuing another 1,000 square challenge. The time line is the first day of spring to the last day of summer. The squares will be sorted and the putting together will begin all along the time line. I’d like to have them ready to donate by mid-fall.
Some more exciting and hopeful new for all of you: it is very possible there will be a new chapter of Love-Squared on the West Coast. It is still in the talking stage and I will let you know as soon as it is finalized. BIG things happen because so many of you support the mission. Thank you for that!
Hello to all of our supporters. If you have tried contacting us through the website, please know I have not gotten your emails. I am looking into that. Until then, you can contact through facebook at www.facebook.com/lovesquared2 while we look into it.
Hello to all.
I promised to update once a sorting party had been arranged. I would love to have as many helping hands as possible. For all of the wonderful people who have been sending squares from all over North America, I will be taking and posting plenty of photos.
We smashed our Summer 1000 squares Challenge. We have just under 2,000 squares to sort. Bring a dish to pass, and join the fun at our sorting potluck to learn more about us and help sort squares!
Sunday, October 6, 2013, from 1:00 – 5:00
Saline American Legion Ballroom
320 Michigan Avenue
Saline, MI 48176
In the mean time, keep those squares coming. The challenge may be just about over, but the need will never go away.
Hello and happy Sunday.
It has been a bit since the last post. The kids and I have been rearranging schedules and adjusting to the new schools. I wasn’t aware of how much time my going back to school was going to take, but we survived the first week. I am looking forward to fall. The cooler temps and and the routine that comes with settling in.
The summer challenge is almost over. I am surrounded by squares. Everywhere I look I see a box or bag stuffed with squares. I can honestly say it is a bit overwhelming to have squares crammed into as many open spaces as possible. It’s a happy problem to have. At last count I had in my possession 1,582 squares from 26 states and three Canadian provinces. That means we will be able to make almost 53 blankets from the Summer 2013 Challenge. You all blew away the goal of 1,000 squares.
I mentioned on facebook that I will be planning a pot-luck sorting party in Saline, Michigan. I will be going tomorrow to book the ball room at the American Legion. The person in charge of scheduling said September was completely booked so we are looking at a Sunday afternoon in October. I will update with the info as soon as it is set in stone this week.
Until then check out the photos. Great job people!!! You have made our Summer challenge a huge success and have touched many children with your squares!
Remember this is an on-going project. Squares are always needed and welcome.
Hello to all the L2 followers.
I am over-joyed to be able to say WE DID IT!!! We have reached the 1000 square goal a full two months early. You can say we smashed that goal because we have 1176 beautiful and unique squares ready to be sorted with the promise of more to come. It makes my heart smile to do the math and see that thirty-nine child afghans will be made with these squares. This will be the largest number to date of blankets we are able to donate at once.
When I started Love-Squared over two years ago I was afraid I would be making these blankets myself. I still worry after each donation that this is the last. I should stop worrying. You have all shown that you care about this as much as I do. Squares have come in from all over the United State and Canada. There was one week I was worried the postal carrier would go on strike if she had to deliver another package. Once it was explained what was in all of the boxes and envelopes she was more than happy to leave them in a water-proof bin to keep them safe. She even smiled the next day she handed over a box of squares. I think I’ll print a photo of all of the squares and give it to her in a thank you card.
Many of you who know me in person know I am constantly thinking and wondering and planning. I can’t say all of the thinking and planning goes the way I think it should, but I try. Right now I am thinking about and planning a sorting and seaming pot-luck afternoon. A group of people coming together, “ooh’s ” and “Aahh’s” over the gorgeous squares and the laughter that always comes with trying to sort so many unique squares into blankets. What could be better? I will finalize my planning and get the information posted soon.
Pat yourself on the back, let out a whoop of joy for smashing the goal and enjoy the photos of squares. You all deserve it! I say it often, but I can’t do this and keep it going without all of you. The challenge may be over soon, but this is an organization without an end. Keep the squares coming.
Hello to all.
As the title states, “The yarn community is a wonderful group of people.” You prove it every day. There are so many charities that are flooded with donations from hundreds and even thousands of people. The huge out pouring of support for Love Squared over the past two years is more than I had imagined it could be.
I had the pleasure on Tuesday of donating THIRTY-THREE of our afghans to Family House. This latest donation brings our total to over 100 blankets donated to children in need. To put that in an even more amazing perspective: that means you have donated over 3000 squares!! How amazing is that.
I have received several questions asking why we donate primarily to Family House and if we plan to donate to other shelters. Love-Squared has a special relationship with Family House. When we were just getting started Renee, the director of the shelter, was the only person to take an interest in or even want our afghans. While Family House will always receive afghans from Love-Squared, we have donated to other organizations and I do plan on supporting other shelters and organizations. I am doing a lot of brainstorming and working on a game plan for expansion. The growth of Love-Squared is steady. As long as the squares keep coming in we will be able to reach out to the overwhelming need.
To close out this post I will update the 1000 Squares Challenge. The squares have been pouring in from all over. The total number of states is 16, plus one province in Canada so far. Crazy! I have pledges and emails stating squares have been sent which would take us over the 1000 mark. I am only counting squares in my possession and that number is 826. You are going to smash the goal by the end of July. A full two months early.
Keep the emails, facebook posts and ravelry posts coming. I love hearing from you and try to answer questions the best I can. Keep the squares coming!!!
Hello to all.
I wanted to share a bit of news with everyone. Some of you know that we are moving so there is a new address. I updated it on the site about a month ago, but want to state again that we no longer have the PO Box we have always used. Love-Squared is still in full swing and nothing, but the address is changing.
Now for the fun and exciting information. I have been keeping a tally and posting pictures of squares that have been coming in on the facebook page. It is time I update here as well. The postal carriers have been busy. It seems there is a new package every two or three days. I love it!! Since the challenge was first announced on April 25, we have received 724 squares. Isn’t that amazing? I am truly shocked. We only have 276 more squares to go before we reach our goal by September 25. I have received quite a few emails about squares in the mail and pledges of squares. I am positive we are going to reach the goal before the end of July.
I have also been compiling a list of where the squares have come from. I can now say we have gone international with the addition of squares coming from two provinces of Canada. I will be adding a map to the site soon with a little pin representing each place place of origin. Here is a list of states we have already received packages from. There are people in several other states who have pledged squares. I will add them to the list when they arrive. This list makes me so happy.
Hello to everyone reading.
We have been receiving some great squares from all over. We currently have 402 squares!!! Isn’t that amazing? We only need 598 squares to reach the goal by September 25, 2013.
I would also like to announce love-squared has been written about in the knitting nuggets newsletter. You can see it at http://www.knittingforcharity.org/join_love_squared_a_knitting_charity_supporting_and_warming_.html
Please take a minute to explore their site. They have a lot of good tips, ideas and links.
Keep the squares coming!
The 2013 Spring/Summer 1000 Squares Challenge
With the warmer weather we always see a decrease in square donations. To help offset this I am issuing a challenge to all of you. Help us reach our goal of 1000 squares by September 25, 2013. These 1000 squares will be used to make thirty-three afghans for our country’s homeless children and youth. I know we can do it. We already have 294 squares, 2 baby blankets and two full afghans donated this week.
SPREAD THE WORD, CHALLENGE YOURSELF, CHALLENGE YOUR FRIENDS
I would love to hear about your square goals and any square races or challenges you issue to your friends.
I’ll keep you updated with the numbers and photos of the squares!!!
Hello to all of you and HAPPY FRIDAY!
The latest donation was dropped off at Family House two weeks ago. There were a total of 22 afghans which turned out to be a great number. Not only does that mean you all have made and donated 660 squares, it was also the number of families currently residing at Family House. We were able to provide a bit of love and comfort to each family. While that is wonderful I am also working over time to get twelve more blankets done and to Family House as quickly as I can. There are 34 children, including two tiny newborns, living at Family House. I know we can make sure every child has their own blanket. In order to get twelve more blankets finished there was a lot of sorting needing to be done.
My earlier estimation of 600 squares waiting to be sorted was close. We actually had almost 800! Amazing work everyone!! I decided there wasn’t a better time to sort squares than when my husband was out of town. If any of you have seen the facebook page you already know what sorting looks like. My house may not be large, but the great amount of squares took up two rooms of my house. My four children jumped in and started separating the squares by color. My daughter even organized squares into an afghan. I will have to remember her skills in the future. She has an eye for these things. I spent two days fitting squares together for afghans. When my husband came home it still looked like a yarn store had exploded in my living room and dining room. Many photos were taken and posted to facebook for feedback. I had several people helping choose square combinations via internet. Then, the lovely Christie came to visit with coffee. She and I were able to knock out the rest of the squares in five hours. I will forever owe her caramel lattes from Chandler Cafe. Oliver thought the coffee was quite delicious. Enough so he poured her latte into a cup and drank it himself. Sorry, Christie! Christie saved the morning with coffee, but she also saved my sanity and a few afghans. After several days of staring at squares the colors and patterns were starting to blur. She put together a group of squares I would have never thought would work in an afghan. It took a while, and Christie sitting down to crochet a couple more squares to make it work, but in the end it was one of the more fun afghans. In all, Christie crocheted five squares that day to make sure an afghan was finished and looking it’s best. Thank you for that. That means two more blankets are ready to be made instead of going back into the pile to wait for the next sorting. At the end of the day we have 23 blankets needing to be seemed and a box of about 150 squares in reserve needing other squares to make them great.
Boxing them up
Today, I will be meeting a woman who found us via facebook. She is so excited to get involved with Love-Squared. In her words she is “crocheting squares like mad.” As a big bonus she also wants to learn how to seam them together. I am so grateful for people who want to help seam the squares. More hands make a huge job so much quicker.
I cannot thank any of you enough for the time you spend making squares, seaming, and spreading the word of LOVE-SQUARED. There are over 70 children with our blankets now and very soon another 23 will be donated. Please keep the squares coming! These blankets mean so much to the children who receive them.