For those of you who are new to KAS, we have fallen into the routine of making a challenge out of every month. In April we had 'the April race' challenge, and in May we had the 'Make it in May' challenge, and we have are nearly finished organizing the June challenge, and it will be a great one.
There is a list of names and ages of the children of the charity 10 000 Homes that will be posted soon, and it is a very long list indeed. These are the children who still need blankets who live with 10 000 Homes, and our June challenge will be to focus on them and their blankets. We are going to make them totally unique, very special squares that have their name or initials in them. When you post these squares mark them as being the name squares for the 10 000 Homes kids, and they will go into blankets for those children, and only for those children.
June starts in just a couple weeks, and our list will be up soon - happy stitching everyone!
Question--will you gals in S. Africa be adding the initials or us? It sounds like there's so many kids we could end up doing duplications easily, ie. 7 of us knitting squares for the same child by accident. I am totally stoked to make up enough squares to equal a blanket. I presume still 40 squares, or is it 35 now?
Kalai has a list of all the children who need blankets for 10 000 homes, and I am going to stick it up here and people can pick off the names they want. I'm going to say that we should try to do it in some sort of order, like the first person takes as many as they want (lets say three) and that would be the very first three on the list, then the second person wants two so they take the next two names down the list and so on - it may work, it may not.
we will have to be careful on this one as to not overlap too much, but if we get two or three squares for the same kid then they just get an extra square - the important thing is that all the children are covered and accounted for.
And in some cases, the initals may be the same as another child - you may have two kids with the initials A.M. and so if we have multiples of A.M. squares then we can give them to the next child down the list with that name. In the end. each child should have at least one square with their intials on it that will be included into the regular square blankets - so 34 regular squares that come in the everyday mail all the time, then the 1 initialed square made specially for that specific child.
I know that some people want to make complete blankets for a child along with the initals, but at this point it will be more important to focus just on the initial squares to get all the children accounted for in good time. I'm cooking up an idea for another challenge about doing full-sized blankets, but it may be too difficult to organize at the other end.
The plan was that the knitters/crocheters added the initials on themselves, (or a whole name if they are willing/skilled enough to do so,) and then make sure that the squares are labeled as 'the 10 000 home squares' when they are mailed off. It will of course take time for each square to reach SA and be put together, but I'm hoping not too long. This is why I'm trying to get all the initialed squares done in a short time span, so that they all arrive within maybe six weeks of each other.
and yes, its 35 squares to a blanket now - the ladies decided that they could make the squares stretch just a little bit more.
Check out either mine or Kalai's list, which is called 'ten thousand homes list' (we have identical copies of the same list, but we are transferring the data from her name to mine because of technical issues, so while the commenting started off in her list it will shortly continue in mine instead). you are correct in the fact that the list is more or less the same list that is on the KAS website, only Kalai's list can be updated and you can choose a child that has not yet been vouched for.
It doesn't really matter how you want to do it, you could do one square with a J and the other with the D or put them both on one square, it is up to you. Personally I was planning to put both letters on one square, but now I may change my mind because I hadn't thought of doing two squares like you are suggesting and want to try that out too. The only thing to remember is that if you choose to do each letter on a separate square, then pin or tie them together somehow just to make less work on the ladies at the other end that need to stitch them all together.