It's been a really long time since I started up a knitalong.
It's ironic that I've been so focused on writing my new book, I let the main concept of my first book go to the dogs. I have been remiss in asking all of you friends whether you'd like to knit and send me things!
Yesterday, I had reason to search in the cards and notes that you all sent me when you mailed me afghan squares years ago. I was digging for Heather's address and soon found myself sitting wistfully amidst a pile of lovely notes and letters and cards and tags and bits of tiny artwork. I'd forgotten the power of people all knitting something together. I resist the sentimentality of it, but then again, sitting on the floor in my yarn room, I find it's true.
So, who wants to make a potholder?
Not many things evoke a grandma's beloved home better than a knit or crocheted potholder or dishcloth. When I spoke to dozens of designer and knitters, even those whose grandmothers were the no-nonsense, non-decorative type recalled a handmade dishcloth or two hanging from a faucet. Or perhaps a scorched but pretty potholder on the oven door.
I'm going to be at a vendor fair on December 3rd here in my neighborhood, at one of my favorite places--Cooper's Coffee Shop. (I wrote good portions of my book at Cooper's, sitting at their wooden tables.) I'll be selling the book at my table, and I'm thinking that a vivid collection of colorful, perhaps kitschy, potholders/dishcloths could be a perfect complement to a book about grandmas.
It would be a mini art installation/fundraiser. 100% of the proceeds would go to a charity. I'm thinking of our library's Raising A Reader early literacy program for at-risk children. (I work for the program, so it's dear to me.) However, I'm open to the idea that it should be an inernational charity instead, to represent our knitting community. What do you think?
Here's what it would be like:
- You sign up to send me one or more potholders/dishcloths by the end of November.
- You can use any pattern, any technique (knit, crochet, woven) and any yarn you like. You mail them to me.
- If you'd like, put your name and location on them so people can see who donated them and where they hail from.
- I'll enter you once per item into a drawing for a copy of My Grandmother's Knitting or other wonderful prizes, like free patterns.
- I'll post photos of your work.
- And brag about it on ravelry.
- Every potholder/dishcloth will be sold for something like $10 (tbd) and all funds will go to the charity.
The pattern above is a dishcloth pattern--designed after a classic doily--by Judy Becker. Grandma's Fan Dishcloth appears in My Grandmother's Knitting. I'll provide the pattern for Grandma's Fan Dishcloth to anyone who signs up for this KAL and wants it.
I'm amazed the holidays are coming. How can it be that I'm already getting set for a holiday fair?