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#147666 October 24th, 2006 at 10:30 AM
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Does anyone knit or crochet rectangles for the Warm up America program? There are chapters all over the country - supposedly Michaels craft stores participate. They already had the knitting part of it in some Michaels, but the sew up of the afghans is coming up. We have a very new Michaels store here - just a few weeks opened - I am going to call tomorrow to see if they are participating, and if it's too late to knit up some pieces.

Just wondering if anyone has ever done this?

#147667 October 24th, 2006 at 10:47 AM
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I have never heard of that one Lynne. Will have to look into it.

#147668 October 24th, 2006 at 06:44 PM
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The thing I'm wondering, Triss, is that they've already had the knitting/crocheting part of it in October, and the next thing is supposed to be the sewing up of the blankets. But I was wondering if this is an "on-going" project elsewhere, that one might be able to participate in - it doesn't really say on the website.

Warm Up America

Every knitter and crocheter most likely has yarn leftover to make at least 1 or 2 rectangles for a blanket, right? What better use for it than something to keep a needy person warm?!?

I decided to go to the store today while I'm out - hopefully SOMEONE there will know what I'm talking about! I'm going to print out the page that I found involving Michaels stores and bring it with me. I'll let you know what they say. thumbup

#147669 October 25th, 2006 at 02:49 AM
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I sent an email off to see if there is a group working in my area.

#147670 October 25th, 2006 at 04:00 AM
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I went into Michael's this morning and met the young woman who is in charge of store activities. She was excited to see my interest, and said they are definitely doing it. They will have the "sewing day" sometime in November - she wasn't sure of the date yet, but took my name, number and email address.

Of course I bought a skein of yarn while I was there, to start! I chose the one that loz had mentioned a few months ago - Blueberry Pie - it has such pretty colors. I'm about 3 inches done on my first piece - it needs to be 9 inches long. Can't wait to meet up with other people there who are also intersted in doing this!

#147671 October 25th, 2006 at 04:45 AM
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You will have to let me know how it goes. I hope there is a group in my area. I have all kinds of yarn I can use to a project like that and it will be a good thing to do once I am done with my current project.

#147672 October 25th, 2006 at 07:43 PM
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Here's the first rectangle that I finished last night.
I keep wanting to call it a square, but it's not! laugh thumbup

#147673 October 25th, 2006 at 10:17 PM
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Hey, that looks pretty cool, Lynne! (Oops... I mean "warm"!) How many are you planning to make?

(I don't know anything about knitting... but I don't see any "purls" there... are they blueberry pie colored?) grinnnn

#147674 October 25th, 2006 at 11:51 PM
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Looks good Lynne!!! 1 down ??? to go.

#147675 October 26th, 2006 at 01:38 AM
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Patty - aren't you just the jokester! p

Not sure how many I'll make - I'm 1/3 done with #2.

#147676 October 29th, 2006 at 07:05 AM
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Here are my first 4 squares.

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#147677 October 29th, 2006 at 07:16 AM
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Those are REALLY nice, Triss!
What stitch are you doing there? I really need to find out how to crochet, and I really like that stitch.

What yarn is the lighter one with white?
I don't think I've seen that around here - such pretty colors!

#147678 October 29th, 2006 at 07:23 AM
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It is what I call a triple crochet. I have no idea if that is its true name or not. The multi color is an old yarn from my box. I am shocked I still have the holder. Keepsake Sayelle Peach Ombre. It is a multi color yard with the peaches and white colors. The others are BRIGHT orange but do not look so bright with the peaches against them. I just decided to start these with my scraps so I can empty out my yarn bin.

#147679 October 29th, 2006 at 07:27 AM
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It is a pretty mutli color.
I just did a google search and only 3 sites on ebay came up - guess it's been discontinued.

#147680 November 21st, 2006 at 09:32 PM
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Thought I'd update with my latest rectangles.
These are numbers 10-18. I've already dropped off 1-9.

The first 3 on the right are crocheted, and I had to place the scissors on them because they won't stop curling. The rest are knit if different stitches.

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Anyone else besides Triss joining in?
Triss, have you been able to make any more?

#147681 November 21st, 2006 at 09:51 PM
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Those are pretty colors....both of you thumbup thumbup thumbup

#147682 November 22nd, 2006 at 01:43 AM
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Lynne, I have a total of 16. Have not been working on any this week.

#147683 November 22nd, 2006 at 04:56 AM
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That's great, Triss - they will surely help keep someone warm!

#147684 December 5th, 2006 at 10:09 AM
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Triss, or anyone else who crochets...

why did my edges come out scalloped?
When I look at Triss' the edges are all nice and straight and even.

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Should I not have chained 3 at the end of each row?

#147685 December 5th, 2006 at 10:55 AM
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The chain 3 is what gives you the height leading up to the next row and counts as the first stitch of that row. I think that is what the difference is Lynne.

#147686 December 5th, 2006 at 10:56 AM
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I'm not sure I'm following you, Triss.
I DID do the chain 3, so why are my edges scalloped and yours are not?

#147687 December 5th, 2006 at 11:02 AM
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The next stitch does not go into the last stitch of the last row, but one in from that. It looks like your 1dc of that next row is in the last dc of the row before when the 3 chains should be counted for that stitch.

Does that make any sense at all?

#147688 December 5th, 2006 at 11:29 AM
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uhhhhhhhhhhh... not sure?

#147689 December 5th, 2006 at 11:34 AM
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Ok let me try this again.

Say you end your row at 36

chain 3 and that is 1 of the next rows 36 so #2 would go into 35.

#147690 December 5th, 2006 at 11:56 AM
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wow - still not sure, but I'll check it out tomorrow when I start a new one - too brain dead right now...

but thanks for helping me - I know it must be frustrating. :rolleyes: Duh kissies

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