4/30/2006

Warming Grace Update

Wow. What a week! There are now 155 knitters participating in the Warming Grace Project. I cannot thank everyone enough. I have been touched by your generosity of spirit and enthusiasm, and by your stories. Most people have been touched by cancer and everyone has a story to tell with respect to personal struggles and the pain of life. Thank goodness for our ability to survive and thrive! I am sure you all remember my post with the first arrival of squares. Lots and lots of squares from Birdsong, Carole, Celia, Christina, Francesca, J, Janice, Jessa Lu, Jessica, Joanne, Katie, Kathie, Monika, Rhonda and Samantha. I must admit I have not started photographing the squares so they are staying in their envelopes so no one's gets mixed up. There were a few gems in the first lot of packages that I would like to share (not necessarily all the gems and I apologize if anyone is upset that their gem is not on this post - there are so many!). Joanne's 4 year old son Zackery painted a beautiful flower for Grace. It is so cute I had to take a picture to show you. Grace will love it! Thank you very much Zackery! Kathie was incredibly generous! A box was delivered with a book, a pink elephant, a cute little bear and a pink pony; oh yes, there was also a pink square! Thank you so much Kathie! This week a lot of envelopes came; on Thursday and Friday! Dave, our mailman, must wonder what the heck is going on. Thursday's arrivals! More of Thursday's arrivals. And Friday's mail brought this! I must thank Ann, Anny, Amanda, Amy, Ariane, Batman, Celia, Danielle, Diane, Jean Anne, Julia, Kelli Ann, Kit, Lorie, Margene, Marnie, Megan, Rebecca, Rhonda, Sylvia and Wendy for all the squares - there are tons! They are beautiful, diverse in style, yarn and pattern and oh so pink! All the squares I have received so far are so wonderful and these blankets are going to be absolutely fabulous looking! The box at the bottom contained 24 skeins of pink and purple yarn from Wendy! Wow. I am not quite sure how I will use all the yarn; I am thinking that some will be used for edgings and I will use a bunch for making squares. Thank you Wendy! So very much! In addition to her squares, the yarn to the right was sent by Celia (who did this even as she was planning and getting ready for her wedding!) as part of the draw. This yarn, hand spun and hand dyed by Celia herself is gorgeous! Soft and yummy. It is going to make some lucky person a lovely, lovely pair of socks. We will all have to see! Celia has her own etsy site. Go check it out. Hopefully she has some yarn left; I loved the skein so much I went and ordered 4 for myself in different colours. But then again we all know my reputation! Seriously though the stuff is amazing. Thank you Celia! Along with her squares Jean Anne sent this little cutie. Jean Anne sent 5 squares, one for each person in her family that she has lost to cancer. My sympathies Jean. Cancer sucks. Thank you Jean Anne! The pink pig is from Dawn, who has not sent her squares yet but I know I will be getting them soon; Dawn is a pink lover extraordinaire! Good to see you at the Frolic Dawn! Thank you Dawn! I also received an email this week from Kerstin who has finished a blanket that she is sending for me to send along. You have to go and check it out here. Thank you Kerstin! Finally, Nick bought the bunny for his little cousin because he thought it was squeezy. I think he was hoping I would buy one for him but I will just let him be the surrogate hugger until the bunny has to fly out West. Thanks spuba! Thank you so much for all the squares. I anticipate loads more this week. And we will do the draw on Friday. I apologize in advance but I won't be able to post until Sunday due to my going to my first ever Spindle spinning class on Saturday. If I am able to do a very quick post on Friday before I leave I promise to do so! And, once I get those socks out of the way I will start photographing squares (I got Ed to go out and buy extra colour cartridges so I can print off the squares for the scrapbook) and I will endeavour to post as many as I can in the next couple of weeks. Psssssttt....... about those socks. I have number one done (the cuff is sitting on needles) and I will begin number two today - it's looking very very hopeful! I will post photos tomorrow!

17 comments:

amanda said...

You will finish the socks. Have confidence!

And I think your mail person might need a little boost after all these deliveries!

Pink One aka Dawn said...

Pink squares are being blocked, 2 for Grace and 2 for Simone. Purple ones almost done. They are very special kids. I wish them well.

I have had cancer in my family as well and my best friend passed away 3 years ago from breast cancer.

Lucia said...

Wow! Such great stuff! I came way late to the party, but two squares are on their way to you.

janine said...

Celia, could you let me have the address to send the squares to. You don't seem to have received my emails :-)

celia said...

hi Cynthia! Glad the package arrived. Your next one is on the way. The first skeinw as handpainted but not handspun. The second skein (the one in the envelope that is en-route) is hand spun and hand dyed. :)

good luck with sewing up the squares!

batman said...

glad to know you received the squares. i have another 6 made and will see if anyone else around has any before sending them off.

Dorothy said...

That's just awesome! I love the yarn Celia did. I am awed by all the talent! Stuff like that makes me want to go out and try spinning too! I just wish there were other people around here who spin so I could learn first hand.

jackie said...

Wonderful! It must seem like Christmas every day at your house. It is great that there is so much interest, and sad that there is so much need.

Jenn said...

Getting mail (as long as it's good mail) is great!! Was wondering if you got my squares, sent 'em early last week??

Carole said...

Wonderful to receive all that mail!

Samantha said...

Your mail carrier is probably one curious dude. *lol* That's a lot of mail and a lot a lot a lotta squares!! WOW!!

Vicki Knitorious said...

I think my DH is mailing my tardy contribution today! I am so happy to see the wonderful response you've had. Heartwarming.

Lisa said...

Wow, what a great response! What a great bunch we are :)

Rhonda said...

Wow, this is great! Can't wait to see the blanket when it's finished and all the others you're surely going to have to give out to other little girls. And how sweet of everyone to send the cute gifts. I hope Grace is doing well ... and the family. Sickness of any kind, sucks!

Kathy said...

Look at all those packages of squares! I have one too for you -- would you email (knitigator@yahoo.com)me your address. Thank you :-)

Wendy said...

Glad to see the package arrived safely - hopefully my square won't be too far behind!

Wendy

christine said...

Cindy - those socks are awesome!
Can you send my your address again? I have some pink squares that I need to send..........

I remember the envelopes coming - what fun!