Work-in-Progress Wednesday 16

My work in progress this week if actually the beginning of a project in progress.  I was inspired by this post from Hazel's Crochet and am going to start using up my little balls of leftover yarn for a very good cause.  I'll be hooking them into 8" squares and sending them off to South Africa.  The amazing organization knit a square then stitches them together into blankets and gives them to orphans (most who either have HIV/AIDS or have lost their parents to the disease) to provide warmth and comfort.

My goal is 4 squares each month (well actually probably 50 total for the year would be nicer).  I'm not sure how often I will be sending them (whether I'll send in small envelopes or do larger shipments), but I'd be more than willing to add squares from other people if you are looking for something to do with your yarn stash.  Each square should be 8" and can be knit or crocheted.

This week I completed four squares (using up 3 balls of Bamboo Ewe yarn in Snapdragon, Beach Glass and Mercury).

Creeping Trebles Square

Julie's Lady Square

Shell Block Square

Chophook Square

These are all probably fancier (and with too many holes) than they need to be and I plan to do more basic squares in the future, but this is a great way to play with some new stitches too.  So far, I've found a couple great places to find patterns.

Hooked on Handmade - hooked a square for a month and listed/linked them all
Things to Make and Do - hooked a square per day for an entire year (she also made a wallpaper pic of her squares which I love & use on my desktop)
Crochet Pattern Central - a nice roundup where I found the patterns I used this week

I also ordered this book (can you believe there were no crochet block books at the library?) for some inspiration.  I can't wait to try out some new patterns and the best part about this project is that squares really take no time at all, so they should be easy to do in between projects or as a break from big projects!

Joining up with Yarn Along at Small Things & WIP Wednesday at Tami's Amis.

Isaida said...

I'm lovin' all your squares and such a great charity :)

pinkundine said...

Great cause, and I love the squares you've made. Great way to try out new things while making something for charity :)

Karen said...

Your squares are beautiful!

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

They look great so far! I love granny squares and have way too many granny square books for my own good :).

bookworm-Mary said...

Great squares in some very beautiful colors! 200 Blocks is a great book- I was able to get it from my library, and love it :)

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous idea, and your squares are just lovely!!!

Mama Shara said...

What a Great Idea! I love working squares too, I love seeing an end result quickly!

Erin Kate said...

Oh it'll be so beautiful and modern! Can't wait to see how it turns out!

kerri.warmus said...

I love your squares and the name of your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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