Calling all knitters and crocheters to create 8x8 "squares" this summer, so we can "blanket" the unhoused with warm patchwork afghans when the cold weather hits. All finished afghans will be donated to various agencies and groups who help the houseless and people in emergency situations throughout Greater Portland.
How does it work?
At home, you knit or crochet 8x8-inch squares, drop them off, and the squares get stitched together into "scrap" afghans. It's a great project for using up scrap bits of yarn. If a square is 5 or even 15 different colors, all the better!
Drop them off by Oct. 29
4636 NE 42nd Ave
4606 SW Vermont St
7475 SW Oleson Rd
1525 SW Sunset Blvd
429 First St in Lake Oswego
Please place your squares in a plastic bag before dropping them in the PC! PDX / Two Can Tuesday bin.
Stitch 'em together in community with others
Sun., Nov. 5 - 1:45-4:15 pm
Southwest Community Center
6820 SW 45th Ave.
(plenty of parking; accessible via bus)
Join us for a Stitching Bee when we'll whipstitch the squares together. No experience needed; just be willing to learn. Amazingly, all squares will work together in the end . . . and someone will be a little warmer this winter because of you!
Kids ages 10+ welcome in the company of an adult.
What type of yarn should I use to make squares?
Try to use an acrylic or polyester yarn because it is washable. HOWEVER, if you have lots of superwash wool, that is great, too. As long as the yarn can be washed or get wet without felting or shrinking, you're good!
What size should I make my squares?
Try to keep the squares 8 x 8 or 9 x 9, if possible. BUT . . . f they are off-sized, IT'S NOT A PROBLEM! If you are trying to teach knitting to someone, and it turns out an interesting shape, no worries. We can make different sizes work together.
What type of stitching should I use to make squares?
You can use any stitch you like! Everything from basic knit through to cables. Crochet is great, too. This project is wonderful for practicing a new stitch!