Work-in-Progress Wednesday 19


I have a couple projects going this week but they are top secret, so instead I'll share my newest squares to send to knit a square.  The top three are semi-cheats because I had them already started for another project but then ditched it.  So I added a couple rows to each and now they are all set at 8" as required.

The other two I made are Bars & Diamonds and Alternate Bobbles from this book (I splurged and bought it for myself).  I am still loving trying new patterns and this book has a lot of new things to try.  Adding these five squares to my previous three means I have my January & February squares completed.

I am reading Give A Little: How Your Small Donations Can Transform Our World.  I'm really learning a lot and I've just finished the first four chapters (the remainder of the book highlights charity organizations working towards specific issues such as hunger, education and health).  It is truly amazing how small donations have made huge impacts in our world.  In 2004, $2.78 billion of aid sent to help after the tsunami was sent from ordinary American citizens (45% of the total giving from around the world) and the median donation was $50.  Fifty dollar donations, when 1/4 of all US households give, certainly adds up to a lot of relief effort!

Have you heard of the March of Dimes?  It began when a radio star named Eddie Cantor (working with the National Foundation of Infantile Paralysis) asked his fans to each send a dime to FDR in 1938.  The campaign raised $1.8 million the first year with $280,000 arriving in the form of dimes.  The campaign continued to snowball, even during wartime, and by 1959 had raised a total of $622 million.  A vaccine was developed in the 50s and by 1979, polio was completely eradicated in the US, all thanks to a whole lot of dimes.  I think that is pretty amazing! (All facts listed above are from Give A Little)

So back to the squares...how great is the texture on these?  I'm loving the bobbles!  However, I am not loving having to weave in the ends on those granny squares though!

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



Karen said...

Your squares are beautiful!

Affiknitty said...

Love the squares, and the info about charitable donations is so interesting!

Jackie said...

I must say that what i love most is that you could photograph those pics on your deck in Jan!!! usually it would be snow/ice covered or just too darn cold to even think about, right?! I think it makes the squares look even better :)

Marfa said...

The crocheted squares look great...I love the patterns!

I do NOT like March of Dimes because they are wishy washy when it comes to abortion, donating to Planned Parenthood, who provides abortions to those whose babies MAY have a birth defect...
You can read more here:

http://www.lifeissues.org/marchofdimes/sue_enouen_7-09.htm

Dawn said...

I love your squares, especially the bobbled one. You're such an inspiration to use craftiness for the benefit of others!

paula said...

LOVE the squares -- especially the colors. They're all so bright and spring-y feeling. Perfect for winter. Thanks for the tip on the book, too. I've been browsing Kiva lately, about ready to take the plunge!

Minding My Own Stitches said...

Knit-A-Square is a great charity! They're sure to appreciate the squares. Pulling them out of your UFO pile and adding a round or two is great thinking!

Elisabeth Andree said...

Lovely post and beautiful squares. Nice to read your words:)

Ellen said...

Love the bobbles one too.

EMMA said...

What an interesting post. I'd love to participate in the Knit a square project. That books sound pretty inspiring also.

Pearlin J said...

love the colours of the squares in the first picture

MWitch3 said...

I love the look of the bars & diamonds!

pinkundine said...

I'd never heard of the march of dimes before, that's so cool!

Love the look of your latest squares, so many interesting patterns ;)

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