Let's put Make it in May into context! 

Most of the blankets we now distribute include at least one, two or more squares, in between the ‘plain jane' (garter or plain crochet) squares that are creative, embroidered, striped, patterned, appliqued, initialed, sequined, beaded, buttoned, ribboned, multi-yarned, multi-coloured or just exquisitely made.  It is incredible how these squares lift the whole blanket into a work of great beauty.  Knit-a-square works on lots of levels, but importantly it is democratic because no one blanket is more beautiful than another. All our made by squares which are warm, cosy and have just that little bit of beauty and creativity to make the blanket unique and special to its owner.  These squares are the best way to personalise the blankets for our
children. 

Last year the challenge was to challenge yourself to try something new  -  a new stitch, learn to crochet if you knit and knit if you crochet, try dyeing your own yarn or  search out new yarns (we are told you can buy from people’s stashs on Ravelry – bound to be some great yarns available)

You can go to Zina’s blog (http://anotherlongyarn.zinalee.net/?p=1426) and try some of the designer squares, especially designed for knit-a-square by Diana Troldahl, Lucy Neatby and Kristeen Griffen-Grimes.  Also there are lots of ideas and patterns in both ravelry and in the forum.  Don’t forget to share your patterns,
ideas for decorations and photographs with the rest of us and to let us know what you are challenging yourself to do this month.  

Come on everyone, let’s Make it in May!   Cheers! Kalai and Sandy

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Hi linda
I got a flower loom given to me yesterday and it is great and quick.
I think we might end up with a whole grarden of flowers on this months squares. How lovely. I made one with some really tricky yarn in an off white. It came up like lace - sort of vintage wedding dress style. this could be lots of fun.
Jeni
They certainly are great fun, I bought a complete set for a friend in France who is enjoying them immensly. I'm just wondering if you made some nice thick square ones and sewed them together it would make a lovely baby blanket, might try that. Maybe with the eyelash wool.

I like the sound of the lace looking one you made Jeni maybe you could decorate a plain sweater or cardi with them, I would probably use some crochet cotton that might work.

Happy flower making Dawn and Jeni,

Love Linda.x
Can you put up a photo of a flower loom? I don't know what to look for and I would love to try.
I'm all about the new stitches. I learned one just last week and need to post a photo or two of my squares. Can't wait to get going! :o)
Look forward to seeing your squares Andrea! x x x
My sister taught me a shells and scallops one. It is pretty and easy to do but unfortunatly too open for my blanket squares - granny is about as open as I would go.
Jeni
HI Jen
Did your flower loom come with an instrustion manual Mine that was given to me has a 1970 brocher the it show you how to make dfferent flowers.
Anyone got a flower loom photo they can add here for Sue, who is hunting for one? The ones I've seen make lovely daisies. I would think these flowers could easily be sewn onto a "plain jane" knit or crocheted square with just a few stitches for added fanciness. There are some that twist and the prongs retract and the flower just "pops" off the loom. Not sure how to put those photos up here though. :) Here's a photo of one type, square and round, large and small:

http://www.mileskimball.com/mileskimball/images/p69957b.jpg
I can personally recommend the Lucy Neatby square. Definitely was something I had to pay attention to the first time around. It got easier and easier when I got into the flow of things.

I would love to try Diana's crocheted square. When I first saw it I was struck by how pretty it was. It would be a 'challenge' for me, personally, to get into the flow of reading crochet patterns/directions. Totally possible, of course, but difficult to begin with.
do you want my 'make it in may' post or do you want to carry the may challenge through this one? i was going to put mine up this afternoon but you have covered the bases already.
Hiya Kyla, just an immediate response to people asking Kalai and I what the next challenge might be. Talking about that, Jeanne has suggested that we perhaps put up the next month of so in advance so that everyone can plan. I realise not everyone has the calendar so that would be a fair suggestion - perhaps someone could open another thread about upcoming challenges? Kalai and I are happy to run the tally this month given that little Cordelia is on her way soon. Just as long as you promise to keep us in touch.

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