Operation Comfort Afghan Collaboration is a special project that I thought of for my dear hubby. He's currently deployed in Iraq right now and is really feeling down and homesick, so I thought I'd knit him a blanket. Since a blanket will take way too long to do by myself, I thought I would solicit the help of my fellow fiber artists, as I know from experience that fiber artists can be generous in times of need. :)
I think that if he knows that even perfect strangers care enough to get together to do a project like this then he really isn't alone out there and he can take comfort from that thought and it'll help carry him through as he finishes out his time in Iraq.
Not many probably think of this, but when they are doing the same things day in/day out and don't have their families to come home to at the end of the day, and when their off time (that they don't get very often) comes they don't have a whole lot to occupy their time, so morale gets pretty low. Anything from home, even the littlest of things can give them a boost. Mail, especially, is important and nowadays because of heightened security you can only send mail to a soldier directly if you know their name and APO address or you have to go through an organization that takes donations and send packages out.
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING FOR SUBMITTING SQUARES AND HELPING ME MOVE THE PROJECT ALONG (if I misspelled your name, please let me know):
HockeyMom, Cassandra Schorsch, Dottie Scher, MerlinTheCat, Adrienne Lapp, Dan & Erin Fournier, KnottyNaomi, Kristen Healy, Karen Savage, Melissa (raineydayknitter), Dominique (Morandia)
SO TO THE DETAILS:
This is a call for any knitter, crocheter, or weaver who wouldn't mind helping me out by making a 4"x4" square to speed up the process of making the blanket.
PATTERN: Any pattern will do as long as the finished piece is a square
DIMENSIONS: Each square should be 4"x4"
COLORS: tans, browns, black, or similar neutral colors (off-whites & beiges/ecru are also ok)
The blanket, I hope will end up being at least a lapghan size (36"x48") or a twin size (48"x76"), so I will need between 108-228 4"x4" squares total.
I'd be so grateful if you all could pass the word around. I can't post it on my blog or myspace, as my hubby reads those, so need others to spread the word.
All those who are mailing squares to me, please have them mailed no later than July 26th, that way I can start putting them together and hopefully have it out and in the mail to my husband by mid-Aug, as it'll take 2 weeks alone just to get to him (mail usually takes anywhere from 14-18 days on average via priority mail). [edited] Am going to continue to take squares until I get at least enough to do a lapghan.
WHERE TO MAIL THE SQUARES?
Send squares to:
Flawful FIbers & Yarns
RE: Special Project
845 Ridgewood Way
Hinesville, GA 31313-2989
PRIZE DRAWING IN APPRECIATION TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE:
In appreciation of those who participate, I'd like to give back to you, so will also be doing a random prize drawing, there will be 3 winners.
Prizes will be fibers & yarns from my past of the month clubs (preview via my flickr).
"If a person gives you his time, he can give you no more precious gift." -- Frank Tyger