For the next two weeks, prior to the beginning of the next BIG SURPRISE CHALLENGE, we are giving you free reign to HAVE SOME FUN, while creating mucho squares!

BUT WAIT!  Hold your hat!  Or should I say; HOLD – THE – HATS!!

We have learned from Ronda and her crew that they have approximately 3 hats for every potential blanket!  We have been asked, for the time being, to please focus on squares rather than hats.  Might I suggest that, rather than making a hat, you make 3 squares instead?

As you can see from the photos that Ronda provided, they have A LOT of hats!

Lots of hats!                         


....and more hats!

SO, let's work on our fundamental purpose, MAKING SQUARES!!

As always, the greatest need is for plain jane squares!  But if you need some inspiration, here are some ideas for you!

Finish your UFOs (unfinished objects!)  If you are like me, you probably have a few partially done squares hiding away in your cupboards.  This is a great opportunity to finish up all of those squares that were started for a different challenge and never got finished!

Explore your creativity!  There are limitless possibilities for exploring your creativity.  Color is one of my favorite ways to do that!  Where to look?  A color wheel can help when trying new colors together!  

Fabric can give you some great color combos; I love perusing the fabric store for ideas!



Pump out some major PJs!!!    Wouldn’t it be awesome to see stacks and stacks of plain janes?!?!  Check out Susan Haines’ stack of 88 squares!

I hope you have some fun with our “Un-challenge”!  I can’t wait to see what you create!!

*****Laurie Fortier has graciously created a Pinterest page for the "Un-challenge"!  The link for that is here:

*****You can also find the photo albums for this challenge here:

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Two new squares from Patricia Papamichael; love this waffle look and the colors!


I REALLY love the purple!!


Here are a few squares that I've been working on ...



My husband calls this set the SuperNova because it looks like the center is expanding just like that.
















And here are a couple more almost school colors in Blue & Gold. 

Still working on that diagonal crochet pattern.   The edges looked a tiny bit better on this one, but the square was a little small, so again there is a border added.  I think the border might make it easier for the volunteers to sew into a blanket eventually, so I have quit worrying about the need for it. 

(Now my worry-wart self will have to find something else to fuss over ... LOL!)








And one multidirectional green stripe ... just because.

Playing around with different granny patterns.  Think my favorite is still the traditional one in the middle.

OCTOBER 2013 Fun with Grannies

I love making these.  I made a huge afghan this past winter using them.

OCTOBER 2013 More Fun with Grannies

These beautiful squares are by Karen Bennett.  She says "more stash-busting squares"!

Squares Oct 13

I really like the squares that Mary Anne Fellows posted a few days ago ... she did hers in school colors, which was a better choice than the 2 greens I used, but I think I was able to work out a pattern that looks similar, and was easy to do.


OK, I tried the circle now.

Created using this pattern:

OCTOBER 2013 Alter Ego Square

Well couldn't decide whether to put this in Sept or Oct themes, but as I still have a few to finish off thought it best I add it to October.

October theme - Unchallenge

Well this square began its life back in July when I knitted it for Anne's African theme. Then I put it in my pile to tizzy up for the September education theme, but life just seems to have been a little hectic/tiring/stressful of late, so here it is for the October theme....and with 6 squares still to 'tizzy up', I'll probably still be going in December....LOL

Just in case you are wondering....its 4 lions. 

Wagon wheel in middle with some Autumn colors around it.

OCTOBER 2013 Wagon Wheel in Autumn

Final squares for this month from my scrap box! 

This is an unfinished sweater that I started for my granddaughter, over a year ago!  Since it will be too small for her, I decided to finish it up and forward it on to S. Africa!  I actually think it looks a lot cuter in person ;).....

October 2013 Unchallenge UFO



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