4/16/2006

Warming Grace

Happy Easter y'all! Okay I am so not Southern but I think I would like to have the drawl and the kick ass attitude Southern women seem to have! Warming Grace is hot! hot! hot! There are 135 knitters registered as of this morning! 135! From four different continents! I am gobsmacked! Knitters are amazing amazing people. I am going to review information on today's post so that those looking will know where to find it all (I have had a few requests for this so here it be).
  • As of today, and because I have received so many requests wanting to make them and because I cannot deny the little boys their turn any longer, I will take any colour square. 5" squares, any pattern, in 100% soft cotton or wool. If you have already committed to making pink squares please do and hey if you want to make more please do so! NO square will be turned away.
  • The Warming Grace Project will be open ended; that is as long as I keep receiving squares I will make blankets for the little tykes at Alberta's Childrens Hospital Oncology Wing.
  • Please email me at cynicked@sympatico.ca if you would like to sign up. Make sure that you have an email address that I can get back to you at. I am so excited about people signing up but it is so frustrating when I can't find you! And I want to find you!
  • Any squares I receive by or on May 4 are eligible for the draw. You will be entered the same number of times as squares I receive. The draw has been a totally unexpected but beautiful gesture on the part of a number of people to be able to reward you for your willingness to participate. I know that the reward is just doing the squares (and for me that is such an amazing thing) but hey, the items are wonderful and the list has grown! As of today we have:
  1. 5 $100.00 gift certificates to Make 1 Yarns courtesy of Jamie and Adrienne, Grace's Dad and Mom;
  2. 1 $100.00 gift certificate to Make 1 Yarns courtesy of Make 1 Yarns;
  3. 1 skein of STR medium weight yarn in Lagoon and Pralines courtesy of Amanda;
  4. 1 skein of Handmaiden Sea Silk courtesy of me;
  5. 2 skeins of Koigu KPPPM courtesy of me;
  6. 1 skein of hand dyed, hand spun yarn courtesy of Celia;
  7. 1 set of "Gracemarkers" (stitchmarkers) courtesy of Janice;
  8. 1 handmade necklace courtesy of Joy
  9. 1 skein of hand dyed, hand spun yarn courtesy of Kelly; and
  10. 2 x 6mm (29" & 60") and 1 x 9mm (16") handmade wooden circular needles courtesy of Dorothy.

WHEW!!!!! Unbelievable!

I am speechless. The number of participants, the draws, the sewing I am going to have to do! Actually I am also getting volunteers for sewing help - yea! I am going to do Grace's blanket all by myself (as a good Auntie should!) but I will definitely be getting some help with all the other blankies until things settle down to a nice steady pace (there is a part of me hoping that that never happens until the Oncology Wing is empty...)!

18 comments:

Cathy said...

Knitters are DEFINATELY the best and you are one wonderful Aunt! God Bless You! I will get moving on my squares asap!

amanda cathleen said...

Knitters are a an amazing bunch!! : D Happy Easter to you too!

amanda said...

Hey C! We made an impromptu escape to Natchez. I'm back online now and I am so elated to see the response you've received! My squares should go into the mail today (assuming all goes well since the Princess is on Spring Break and I'll have all 3 -- ee gads!). Hugs!

Dorothy said...

So many generous people! It's amazing what a tightly "knit" community knitters no matter where we are!

Melissa said...

wonderful, wonderful. I am starting teaching a co-worker knitting today and I hope to have her with a completed square in time!

Jamie said...

I am so glad that you have had this kind of response for the Warming Grace project! My squares are all knitted and blocked. I just need to add some "special touches."

Elizabeth said...

I've finished my squares. I think you may need a sewing up party under the weight of all the squares!

ariane_veith said...

Hello again, It seems that I erased the email with your address...would you mind emailing me with the mailing info. Thanks.

I'm on my way to make another for a luck little boy.

arianeveith at aol dot com

Lisa said...

What a response....I'm so glad you gave us all the opportunity to contribute.

Miss Scarlett said...

Oh I am so, so happy to read this update!
Every time I see that pic of Grace I want to squeeze her.
Sending you our package on Wednesday...Can't wait until you get it!

Teresa said...

I love how this project is taking off! Tears of joy are rolling down my cheeks as I type this-bravo knitters!!

Rhonda said...

Whew, this is going great but you had no doubt I'm sure. My package is on it's way. I only wish I was there to help with the "sewing up" party. Go girl!

Knitter's rock!!

christine said...

Wow, Cindy! What a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful idea!!!! As soon as I get Mike's blanket seamed and bound, I'm going to do some squares. This is amazing!!!!

Samantha said...

Hmmm ... I wonder if I have any blue and green ...

Samantha said...

Just letting you know that I mailed some squares today. Please let me know if/when you get them. I'm hoping to get a few more squares done, but wanted to make sure you got these ones before the deadline.

Have a great day! :)

emy said...

I've just knitted up a square and was going to put it in the mail since it's international all the way from Singapore - posted on my blog. But let's see if I could get another one whipped out by noon!

Anny said...

Oh Cynthia, I'm so happy for you and Grace! This was such a wonderful idea (and the postcard scrapbook is genius).

I know you know it's not really about the squares...it's the love and care that goes into them all. It truly is a wonderful thing and I, like the rest of us I'm sure, am really happy to help warm Grace ;0)

I'm working on my squares as I write this and hope to send them off to you on Monday.

God bless.

Mandy said...

Hi Cynthia,
I would love to help! I have ovarian cancer and I could think of nothing better but to help Grace out!
God Bless!