There are many things that I would like to share with you today, and they all are about the blankets. Last Saturday, I attended a Joining Party and spent an hour with awesome ladies at Michael’s stitching blanket squares. (Correction from my previous post — this initiative is called Warm Up Canada, not Blankets for Canada).
I used a stitch that would allow me to lay the fabric flat side by side, and a contrast white upholstery thread to make it a design feature. The stitching was OK, and it took me only a few hours, but I think a person who crochets very fast would do it even faster. I will be honest with you — some ladies didn’t find it very attractive and preferred the traditional method of stitching/crocheting by hand.
Recently I was looking for alternatives to stitching by hand because I wanted to speed up the process and turn all squares into blankets faster. One reason is obvious — to save time, but also because some of my family members showed signs of allergies that might or might not be caused by blanket squares that come from many different homes. Allergies are tricky and it’s really hard to figure out what causes them, so I had to stop having squares laying around the house and working on them one at a time.
During my research of a suitable technology, I came across a blog of NYC designer Olgalyn. I contacted her and we started an email conversation that resulted in her blog post about using a sewing machine and a mock flatlock stitch to connect two pieces of knitted fabric (thank you, Olgalyn!). I tried it on my machine but the zigzag stitch was not wide enough, so it didn’t work in my case. I ended up looking for a substitute stitch and… well, at least I finished one blanket and it went to Phoenix today.
So here is what it all means. First, I would like to thank all people who were a part of the project Blankets for Phoenix Youth Shelter — whether you knit/crocheted squares, stitched them together, or helped me spread the word. Secondly, I won’t be able to stitch the blankets together at home because of suspected allergies. Third, if you are still interested in making squares that later will become blankets for the local shelters, please contact Michael’s Arts and Crafts stores in both Halifax and Dartmouth locations and learn more about their blankets project. Please check the required square sizes, and dates for Joining Parties. I see no reason to have two similar projects in one city, so I instead of doing it on my own, I will help Warm Up Canada, and hopefully you could do it, too.