Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Oddball Charity Blankets

Members of the Knitting Help Forum have been working diligently together to create Oddball Blankets to give to charity.

"Shandeh" in North Carolina came up with the idea, and it soon took root and blossomed in the forum. Now, there are more than 200 knitters involved in the project all over the United States and Canada. Cool!

We have decided to give our large blankets to an international orphanage. One of our blankets is 100% wool, so it will be given to a charity organization that requires wool (or other animal fiber). Our lapghans are going to a rape crisis center in North Carolina, our baby blankets are going to hospitals, and our pet snuggles are going to animal shelters.

Each blanket is growing to be a beautiful finished project!

Blanket #1
Blanket #1 Handoff

Blanket #2
Oddball Blanket #2 Complete

Blanket #3
Oddball Blanket #3 after Lestrella

Blanket #4
#4 Almost Complete

Blanket #5
Oddball Blanket #5 with Recipient

Oddball Lapghan #1:
Oddball Lapghan #1 - FINISHED!

Oddball Lapghan #2:
Oddball Lapghan #2 - FINISHED

Oddball Orphan Blanket:
Orphan Blanket Finished

Here is a link to the Knitting Help Forum: http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/index.php

And here are links to each of the Oddball Blanket discussions:
Blanket #1 - http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?t=54114
Blanket #2 - http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?t=55563
Blanket #3 - http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?t=55944
Blanket #4 - http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?t=57670
Blanket #5 - http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?t=58704
Lapghan #1 - http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?t=61877
Lapghan #2 - http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=66280
Orphan Blanket - http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=81308
Oddball Pet Snuggles - http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=83565


I am so pleased that our Oddball Knitting Projects are so successful! Right now, there are over 200 knitters involved in making Oddball charity projects in the US, Canada, England, and Australia! :) So, I would like to post some guidelines here for public use.

Feel free to start your own Oddball Charity Knitting group, with a little help from these charts I've made. They took a LONG time to put together, so take advantage of my work! :D

Oddball Blanket Guidelines:

I've also made a chart for making blankets for the Snuggles Pet Blanket sizes:

If you prefer to have your group knit squares, here's a chart to help with that: