Coming Together

Wow..time passes SO quickly and the event is at the end of this month! Squares are coming in steadily at this point and it’s very exciting to me to see. I know of SEVERAL that are in the mail at this very moment but I couldn’t resist taking the ones I had here outside for a little photo shoot.

Since I published the first two pictures several more have arrived..I am so thrilled with both the squares and the willingness of friends, both close by and far away to contribute to this effort.

Brandy sent this AMAZING square. It’s from The Great American Afghan booklet and the work that went into it is evident. Brandy’s pretty amazing herself; one of the most prolific knitters I’ve ever seen as well as an accomplished spinner. Some of you know her as YarnTails!

I met Megann online through a social forum of knitters and spinners. I met her face to face last year at the Arkansas Fiber Festival where we were roommates and absolutely love her to bits, CraftyPancakes that she is! Her square is in honor of her cousin, Diana Ketner, a breast cancer survivor.

Sarah, aka Emo aka Perfect Day Yarns is another wildly talented lady I met in Arksansas – While her shop is currently on hiatus, there are many of us that are hoping that her dyeing talents will soon be bankrupting our yarn budgets again!

Rose-Marie is a friend of mine who lives in Sweden. She has a thriving independent craft business geared to knitters hosted on Etsy.com. She makes some of the best stitch markers in the business and her turnaround time is less than many U.S. sellers. You can find her on Ravelry or Plurk as SwedishRose. Her lovely heart square is in memory of her Grandmother. Her Grandmother was stricken with breast cancer but survived to be an “awesome grandma”!

Cathie is another generous friend of mine who resides in California under horrible climate conditions. Poor thing. She struggled through the frigid temps to knit this gorgeous square with hearts. Cathie is a professional quilter who creates beautiful puzzles with fabric. She also writes/edits professionally and she and her husband travel frequently to jazz festivals and gatherings. Cathie is also known as KateJonze – I’m just glad to know her.

Last but never least is Amy’s square. Amy is an avid knitter from the Knoxville area and didn’t even draw a breath before she said “YES” when I asked her to participate in this project. She and her husband are VW enthusiasts and she also juggles a demanding managerial position. I’m grateful she carved out the time to do this!

And They’re OFF!

I have photos of the first two completed squares for the afghan and they are GORGEOUS! Check this out, people!

The First Across the Line!

This beautiful square was knitted by Vicki, owner of Loopy Yarns in Chicago, IL. I met Vicki when I was ready to move beyond stockinette and a friendship blossomed that continues to this day. I was so happy she agreed to help with this project!

Petals 🙂

Many of you know Aly as KelticKarma and I think her karma rocks! She knit this stunning square for the project so quickly and I’m so glad to get to know her better!

For The Knitters

If you’re reading this chances are good you’re one of the 24 AMAZING women that have agreed to participate in this project in order to raise funds for the Susan B. Komen event in Memphis, TN on October 29th, 2011.  I wanted to get the basic details up for you all so you would have a point of reference for the guidelines we discussed.

12″x12″ knitted square (blocked)

Pink, White, or a combination are the colors.  Any shade, any vibrancy. Any fiber although it needs to be washable.

Your choice of design, easy or complex, pink ribbon to intricate cables.  I only ask that you make it a labor of love.

Completed and mailed in time to reach me by approximately October 1st.  This will allow me to kidnap unsuspecting friends assemble, photograph and publicize the quilt before the actual event day.   Please include the name of someone you wish to honor with your effort.  Your name and theirs (or in memory of) will be included in a small framed picture to be presented to the winner of the afghan.

Ship them to:

Lisa Loftis c/o Maureen Robinson
Starbucks
1850 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104

If this is the first time you’ve heard of this, here’s how it happened.  My partner Maureen (aka Jack) is a store manager for Starbucks.  One of her favorite benefits of employment with them is the company commitment to public service and the opportunity to make a real difference.  One of my favorite benefits is their support of diverse family structure.  I was asked if I wanted to help with the Starbucks crew on the event day and said yes.  Then I began to think of the knitting community and how eager they always were to jump at an opportunity to help others with their craft.  I talked to Maureen and less than 48 hours later had 24 women from all over the world who had agreed to each knit one square for an afghan.  It will be assembled and raffled off with ALL proceeds being donated to the efforts for a cure.

Soon, I will compile a list of their names along with the person they choose to honor, either living or in memory.  My efforts on this project are in memory of Lovie Lee Hudson, a lady taken too soon from her loving family.