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.
I am very sad to say goodbye to my favorite place in Sylvania, Ohio. The Dragonfly Tea Cottage was a magical place that had a treat for all five senses. Everyone was met at the door like a life-long friend. A bad day melted away as soon as one stepped inside the house. A quick lunch with a friend always turned into two hours of excellent food, comforting atmosphere and conversation and laughter.
Jennifer, the beautiful woman who owns the Dragonfly, is the person who told me I needed to run with the idea of Love-Squared. She embraced it and should be proud to know that close to half of all the donated squares to date came from her patrons.
Sylvania is losing a treasure. I am going to miss stopping in for lunch, knitting on the porch and the smile I got every time I drove past the cheery house on Main Street. Good luck with everything you do, Jennifer! You have touched so many lives through the Dragonfly.
It has been way too long since the last blog post. Kids out of school, my husband’s motorcycle accident and computers with their own agenda took up the majority of my time. Through all of this I have been plugging away at turning these squares into afghans and posting on www.facebook.com/lovesquared2. The kids are back in school, the husband has recovered and the computers are cooperating for time being. I am now able to devote more time to the squares and starting the process of getting the 501(c)(3) status. With the legal non-profit status we will be able to move forward a little easier. Craft and yarn companies, as well as private donors, will be able to donate end of season yarn, supplies and funds to us while getting a tax break. We will also be able to apply for grants that could pay for people’s postage for sending squares. It opens so many more possibilities. It is a long process, but I will be making it happen.
As you all know, Family House of Toledo receives our afghans. Due to funding cuts they have had to cut their food assistance programs. Love-Squared and the Dragonfly Tea Cottage in Sylvania, OH, are sponsoring a food drive to help stock the Family House pantry. There will be a drop off box at the Dragonfly for non-perishable food items from from Tuesday, September 18 – October 12, 2012. The beautiful owner of the Dragonfly is giving away a free cup of tea with your donation and purchased lunch. While you are there enjoying your free tea, check out the menu and please be sure to thank Jen for being such a HUGE supporter of Love-Squared.I am still working on other donation drop off sites and will post them here and on facebook.
Speaking of the Dragonfly support. My friend, Michelle, and I went in for lunch. The first thing Jen said was, “I have a bunch of squares and blankets for you.” I love hearing that. Wast I wasn’t expecting was a bunch of squares and FOUR full afghans. Tavia and her friends were busy while on their two week vacation. You ladies blow me away. I have posted the photos on facebook, but I am going to post them here too. I wish the camera could show how soft they are. I know the children who get their love-Squared blanket are going to hold onto them for years and years.
Until the next post, Happy Monday to all of you. Keep sending in those squares! There are lots of photos to post today and this week.
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An example of the happy afghans being put together. Another couple weeks and they will be ready for donation.
Ahhh…the holidays are over. My every day activities can return to normal. I hope everyone had a great holiday season. I know I was busy with friends, family and knitting. My favorite project being the purse I made for my sister, Jayme. In the end it was a family effort to finish it. I messed up the lining a few times and gave it to my mom. She, in turn, took it to my aunt for some advice. It looks great! I think I need to work on my sewing skills before I make another lined purse. If you are looking for a quick, cabled bag pattern this is a great one. You can find it at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/christine-bag.
I have been receiving a steady stream of squares. In the past month Love-Squared has received and entire color coordinated afghan, plus a few squares from Linda; 77 squares from Conny and friends; and approximately 40-50 squares from the Dragonfly Tea Cottage family. I have to do an updated count, but I’m pretty sure we have squares for 30 afghans. My mom has been hard at work arranging squares and seaming them together. I need to spend a weekend of seaming with her to get them done and ready to donate.
Speaking of donating, I would like your opinion. Should we continue donating the afghans, no matter how many or few we have, every 3-4 months or save them up for a large donation every 6 months? Year? What do you think?
It is World Homeless Day. What have you done to make an impact? I’ll show you.
All of these afghans and the blankets still being put together will be donated to The Family House on Friday, October 28, 2011.
Love Squared is a work in progress to get afghans to all our nation’s homeless kids one square at a time.
Hello and happy Friday, to all.
The deadline I had set for collection of squares for the first group of squares is here. Any squares donated after today will become our next round of afghans. I am very anxious to see all the squares from the Dragonfly Tea Cottage and Rising Stars Dance Academy.
Starting Monday, I will begin putting the squares together to make the beautiful and colorful afghans. I will document well with photos and posts for all of you to see. I am excited to count the squares to see how many afghans we will be able to donate to Family House. My goal was to have six afghans, but I am pretty sure we will go over that number!
Please check out the Family House facebook page or http://www.familyhousetoledo.org to learn more about them. Love-Squared is proud to donate our afghans to such a wonderful organization. We will continue to donate afghans to Family House as long as their is a need. With YOUR continued support for Love-Squared, we should be able to donate to other wonderful shelters and organizations as well.
A final note. Love-Squared could not exist without all of you. The support you have shown by donating yarn and squares and spreading the word is what keeps us going. Please continue telling everyone you know about us and sending in your squares! There will always be a collection basket at the Dragonfly Tea Cottage on Main St in Sylvania and Rising Stars Dance Academy in Mayberry Square, Sylvania. I will keep you informed of more collection locations as they become available.
Thank you again,
Leah and Love-Squared