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Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday Night with Friends...

The first Friday of the month in Blogland, is Friday Night with Friends or FNwF. Despite different time zones, participants from all over the world sign up to spend an evening doing some sort of crafting and then write about what they did on their blog. Other bloggers then 'visit' to find out what wonderful items were worked on during the previous evening. Now this all takes organisation and we have an Aussie blogger, Cheryll of Gone stitchin' blog, to thank for organising this monthly event.  

Last night I thought that I might like to do some tracing using the lightbox, but ended up using a crochet hook and yarn instead of a tracing pen and lightbox! lol
The story about what I worked on starts a few months back... 2 ladies at my Sisters of Stitch group have been giving me 3-4 knitted squares each fortnight. 

Disclaimer: I can take no credit for the squares that you see in the photos. They have all been made by others. I'm just the 'joiner-up er'...

Stephanie went out and bought variegated yarns especially for this project and many of the squares were knitted on the diagonal. This looks particularly effective when joined into a rug... 

Julie embroidered on one of the squares that she knitted; a lovely gesture for the recipient...


The squares are to make blankets for Knitting for Brisbane's Needy. By the beginning of October I had joined 4 rows of 5 squares each and just needed another 4 squares to complete another row. Stephanie handed over 4 squares the last time I went to SoS. In all the 'excitement' of my hospital visit, I had not got around to completing that final row. 

Stephanie and Julie had lots of fun experimenting with designs for the squares...

So last night I did that. I also started crocheting a border around the finished blanket but didn't get very far with that because weariness overtook my enthusiasm. 


Still the border to do and some general neatening up; then it's all ready to be handed in.
 Some of the bright/cheerful colours of the row over the back of the chairs.

These days most of the donated squares that I join up into blankets are joined just by crocheting. It's quicker than stitching each of the rows using mattress stitch because unfortunately it has come down to speed of output, rather than the luxury of taking hours/days to put a number of squares together. 

If you use the link to Cheryll's blog that I inserted in the first paragraph, you will be able to visit other bloggers who took part in this month's FNwF. I guarantee you will see some 'top stuff'! lol

8 comments:

Farm Gate Creations said...

Such a great idea, well done to all of you.

Noela said...

Wonderful rug, I'm sure they are much appreciated by those who receive them. Hugs......

Sue Niven said...

really good stuff, thanks for sharing. I will see if something like that is done in my area.

Maria said...

A beautiful rug for a special someone...

Lin said...

A fun project and worthwhile too. Hope the convalescence is going well. xx

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Beautiful blanket, you've all done a wonderful job!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Great job by all involved. What a wonderful caring gift for someone.

Anthea said...

Lots of love going into those blankets Maria, team effort! Love the diagonal knit of the squares, very effective x