Circle of friends

Received this morning!

Received this morning!

My masterpiece is reminding me of the variety of good friends I have. Two squares arrived today – one from Mrs Robinson, who has been my friend since 1985 and one from Snuffkin, who I first met face-to-face less than a year ago. Both squares had lovely pieces of writing to go with them too. So far, all the squares are from the UK, but I’m very excited that some will be coming from overseas… it just goes to show how the internet really does turn us into one big community.

My most recent creations... and one WIP

My most recent creations… and one WIP

One of the nicest things about this project  is that, unlike interaction via the internet, I have something tangible. I am able to touch something that my friend touched – that they worked to create. When I hold one of the squares in my hand, I feel a physical connection to the person who made it. I particularly like the fact that, the yarn is linked to the maker too – left over form another project or, like Snuffkin’s cream-coloured square, created from the wool of sheep nurtured by the person who sent it… that’s just magic! I also like the personal touches – a little patch of darning, or the use of my favourite colour (purple).

So, a big thank-you to all of you who have decided to contribute… no rush, I’m planning to construct the blanket in April. And if you want to make your own blogging blanket, I’d be happy to reciprocate. This is craftivism in action – bringing us together as a community through creativity. And if you don’t knit or crochet, what about sharing seeds, or fabric, or books as well as words?

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  1. nataliec1603

     /  January 6, 2014

    Aaww that’s such a nice idea! How many squares do you have so far? All they all from random people?

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  2. I’m still working on mine as my first plan failed rather miserably. 😉 I can’t wait to send it out to you! The ones you have so far are beautiful!

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    • Thank you… it’s really lovely getting them through the post. As you know we have given up on Christmas presents, but this trickle of little packages is making me feel like every day is Christmas!

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  3. Hopefully the seeds will arrive this week, and I can then send them off with the rest of the wool and the square. Is this going to be the most enormous blanket ever, or what?

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  4. I love the idea of the blanket, and if I knew how to knit or crochet I’d happily send you a square!

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    • You are not the first to say this and I have a solution… I am also making a scrapbook to go with the blanket in which I am putting a picture of each square and whatever the creator of it wrote to go with it. So, if you would like to contribute, just write something for me about why you enjoy my blog/interaction with me and I will add it to the scrapbook. Ideally I’d love something handwritten, as that makes it even more personal…

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  5. I love all my projects but I must admit to an excitement about starting this one today which has the magical quality that only a community project can bring. 🙂

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    • I’ve been quite surprised about the level of enthusiasm about this and the fact that people from all over the world are prepared to contribute… makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

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