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Knowing that I knit squares for blankets, an elderly friend gave me a bag of 'squares' to send.
Unfortunately they are all different sizes ranging from about 3" to 7" and most of them are wonky, ie not very square.
Is it possible that KAS can make use of them?
Kathleen, I have the same problem with squares that I receive each year from various retirement homes in my area. Many of them are made by Alzheimer patients or ladies with dementia. The squares that are perfect nearly always have to be tailed and/or butterflied. This I do first and send off to get them out of the way. The others are then sorted into different categories. If you can crochet then you can bring small squares up to size by adding a crochet border. If some are too large, i try to combine them with smaller squares to give a multiple of 8 ins. There are, unfortunately some that cannot be rescued. Some ladies use yarn that is so thick that 35 of these squares would result in a very,very heavy blanket. I unpick these and either separate the yarn into individual balls where several different yarns have been use. Otherwise I give the really thick yarn to a friend who loves making KAS cuddles.
In 2 weeks, I will receive my annual presentation of squares from these homes. I know that I will be given up to 2000 squares in all shapes and sizes. I just take all the time t needs to get a maximum of these squares into reasonable shape for KAS.
Thank you Valerie for your suggestions. In the past I have made use of some of your suggestions on donations received. This time, the variation in size and shape really stumped me. However, another Kas member, Sharon Fennell, volunteered to take them off me to add to her collection of mis-shaped 'squares' which she will make into blankets to send to KAS, something which she has done before.
I have to say that I admire your patience and tenacity. The very thought of having to sort out and deal with 2000 squares amazes me, when I cringed at about 100 mis-shapes.
The first year I panicked. Now, 3 years later, I just take it easily. I do the easiest things first and take the harder part without too much pressure. The worst part is finding room in the house to put everything. I've built up a large collection of stackable storage boxes and sort the squares into the different containers according to size and usefulness!