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Goal: 36
Start: #19
Current: 20

Monday, October 3, 2011

Traveling Blanket Idea and Poll Results

Thanks to the 30 readers for voting in the recent poll. A member on Ravelry in The Oddballs asked if people might want to do the traveling/continuous blankets here. I was unsure how you all felt. Each blanket would get passed around alot before being finished. Postage is an issue as it's mailed repeatedly.

The results indicated 14 people would be interested if it weren't for the postage and that was the largest group for a 56%. The second largest group of 8 voters (26%) felt it wasn't a good idea, too much to keep track of. There were 5 people for knitting and 5 for crocheting who liked the idea each of those groups were 16%. The final group, 3 people (10%) liked the idea feeling it would feel like they were more involved vs making squares.

James, passed his thoughts along having been involved in this type of venture in the past. He pointed out some of the pitfalls of keeping tracking, the possible need to bug people to keep it moving. People sign on with wonderful intentions, but sometimes when it's their turn they're swamped and it's laid aside for an extended period of time. I've had some good and some bad experiences with this type of traveling blanket too.

If I add the 5 knitters and 5 crocheters and 3 who thought they'd feel more involved together I get 13 interested people (though I don't know whom they are). Since the 13 is less than half those that votes (somewhere around 43%), I believe for now we'll pass on this idea and continue collecting squares (at the designated times) that I'll join to make a ghan. Perhaps down the road, we'll revisit this idea. Thank you Panther for the idea.

Always up to explore something new, so please.........everyone feel free to sing out if you have a idea for Bridge and Beyond.

2011 Donations:

Scarves 304
Hats 611
Mitts 136
Socks 124
Squares 454
Rain Ponchos 80
Cotton Washcloths 309
Sweaters/Poncho's 7
Slippers 86
Afghans 33 (2 sent to our friends at Pine Street)
Misc Items I've not counted misc items like all the personal care items, the neck warmers, and the head bands.

TIP, please avoid white when possible, it shows the dirt so easily and many of our recipients don't have the ability to launder their hats, scarves, mittens, etc.

**Would the unknown knitter in Seattle Washington from this POST, Please make contact so I know who you are for record keeping AND the unknown knitter from Idaho from this post too please and thanks**

MITTENS........Mittens will be October's focus, and we never get enough of those. I know they're not the easiest things to make. We do have a few patterns posted folks. As you think about making mittens and or reviewing patterns...think about adding length to the cuff; helps make them warmer. Thanks!

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated, and all donations keep someone warm. We help, one stitch at a time. YOU truly DO make a difference. THANK YOU!


  1. We might consider asking those who might like to participate to put together squares and make an afghan. That way they would only have one shipping charge. They could put their own little "spin" on the squares that they receive. Only those willing to invest that way would volunteer and it would take some of the load off of you. Just a suggestion.

  2. Wish I knew who anonymous was with the above comment. Folks please leave your names, don't click anonymous. Most anonymous comments end up in the spam folder, Click name and url and leave url blank if you don't have a blog.

  3. I think that it was a smart idea to do the poll to get a sense of where people stand with it and I think the decision to hold off for now and maybe revisit later is a smart one.


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