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

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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How clever!
I think that's a great idea, though the velcro might be abit scratchy...maybe just safety pin them onto the squares so the ladies in South Africa can know which square they go with but safely remove them and give them to the children? They sound ADORABLE! Way to go. :D
My granddaughters just got me the "Fearless Knitting Workbook", The Step by Step Guide to Knitting Confidence by Jennifer E Seiffert. In each chapter you learn a new "stitch" by working it in a 8" x 8" Square! I am going to try and add at least 2 new patterns with every bunch of squares as I go through the workbook. I become a fearless knitter and KAS gets squares of all varieties. What a fun way to Make it in May !
I'll have to check this book out!!!
Wow, what a superb book. I imagine many knitters will check with their local bookstores or online to see if they can find this one. Often I find crochet square books have few 8 inch squares, most are 4-6 inches and need borders. Can't wait to hear how your adventure goes! :)
Sounds like a perfect 'Make it in May' book. Well done.
What a lovely present, would love to see the book and see what different types of stitches it shows and at the same time you are knitting it in an 8" square couldn't have worked out better for you.

Love Linda.x
clearly, that book was designed for us. what an awesome find.

I have a really old '200 stitches' knitting and crocheting book as well that is quite dog-eared and falling apart, but has served me quite well.
My 'make it may' project has not really been 'make it in may,' more like 'finish making it in may', as I have dozens of tiny, 3-4 inch crocheted granny squares that I started making when I was first learning to crochet about two years ago. I intended on making them into a blanket but it never happened, and they are so small that I really shudder to think of sewing them all together.

So for May, I have been adding boarders around them to bring them up to 8 inches and while I am making up the boarder pattern on the fly and they are a tad bit 'wobbly' and not perfectly straight, they do straighten out by the end and once they are sewn together with other squares they will stretch out and sit flat. They are working out very well and I'm glad to have finally found a good use for them, as well as stretching my crocheting 'comfort zone' out of just the Plain Jane squares.
Well Kyla, in your case it's a "make it into something in May" project, which I think is perfectly acceptable. We've all got UFO's lying around (unfinished objects) that need turning into something and I'm sure no matter what shapes they are, wobbly or not, they'll beat my triangle hats! (try not to remember those...please, lol)
my brother and I always did the dishes together after dinner, I would wash and he would dry and then I would put away the things he couldn't reach (but now he's taller than me so it's a different story) the reason we had this system was that he really really hated what we called the UFO's (unidentified floating . objects) that were those little waterlogged bits of food in the sink that suddenly brushed past your hands under water that you didn't see coming. Now I always think of UFO's as slimy bits of noodles or broccoli or whatever it was we had for dinner.

I'm impressed with how fast these little granny squares are coming together - I remember that when I was making them, it took me about half an hour to make each of the 3-inch pieces, and now bringing them up to size is going very quickly - I suppose its a mix between the fact that all the fiddly little work in the center is done, and also that I've picked up speed and don't have to keep stopping to refer to a pattern over and over.

and PS - my midwife predicts that this baby is coming any day now, and will very likely be here by her due date at the end of the week.
That's good Kyla - the worst bit is the overtime.



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