Playgrounds Will Laugh If You Try

Now it can be told, by which I mean let’s yap it up:

August 15, 2010 at 6:34pm
Our story so far:

On 5 June, I asked FB friends for that extra ball of yarn gathering dust in your closet. Three garbage bags full of yarn arrived, courtesy of Jean and Trout.

On 16 July, thirteen blankets went out to Wildrun in NYState.

Ten more blankets are knitted but need finishing; an eleventh is nearly finished with knitting.

Boy, is my closet clean!

There’s a humble beginning, oui?

August 31, 2010 at 8:33pm
Today, a dozen cat blankets went out to Georg for her favorite shelter. This brings the total sent out to 25.

I have enough yarn for about four more blankets.

If you’re hoarding balls of yarn for the lean times, now’s the time to send them to me for cat blankets in –

SFX: voice echo

THE FUUUUUUUTUUUUUUUUURE!

“How, Ta,” you ask, “can I get a look at whatever we’re talking about here?” Well, here you go. Something in your eye?

November 14, 2010 at 8:24pm

On 15 November, fourteen more blankets will ship out to Wildrun.
Georg sent a huge box of yarn I’ll start work on soon, but if you’ve been storing yarn for the hard days of winter, please send it to me and I’ll make blankets for shelter cats.

If you’ve never actually met me and wonder what in glamorous tarnation this means, write me a letter and we shall tawk.

If you can believe it, I still felt chatty. Must’ve been taking vitamins or something.

January 27, 2011 at 1:24pm

In mid-January, fourteen blankets went to Georg’s favorite shelter.

Georg’s friend Rachel also mailed a box of beautiful yarn for the project. My little cats rejoiced!

In December, Darla brought knitted squares from Canada. Evidently, Canadians knit these. Last night, a woman appeared at my door in a snow storm and declared these squares can serve as pouches for orphaned marsupials. Yeah, I didn’t see that coming, either.

If you have spare yarn, send or give it to me and I’ll make it into soft things for furry beasties.

A woman really did appear at my door in a snowstorm. I made her coffee, fed her chocolate granola and demanded she quit the job that sent her out in such weather. Yes, that really happened.

April 15, 2011 at 9:17am

In December, Darla brought knitted squares from Canada. Evidently, Canadians knit these. A woman appeared at my door in a snow storm and said they should be possum pouches. In February, possum pouches went to Wild Baby Rescue Center in Blairstown, NJ, which I had never heard of until that woman appeared. Poof!

Also in February: Auntie InExcelsisDeo made 20-30 (I neglected to count) fleece blankets out of fabric Sean donated. Those went to Georg’s favorite shelter.

Tricia from Trenton sent three boxes of yarn that let me keep knitting. Thank you, Tricia.

Today, we are sending out another 15 blankets. Georg plans to take them to the Humane Society.

If you have yarn lying collecting dust at your house, please give or send it to me. I’ll knit something terribly and send it to a shelter for a stray cat or small dog – and look! Your house is so shiny!

Sorry, this started to get a little repetitive, but tempis was fugiting and who with any dignity pays any attention, I ask you?

June 11, 2011 at 2:56pm

April: 15 blankets went to the Humane Society in Georg’s neighborhood. Granny squares knitted by Tricia’s late friend went to Georg to be made into blankets.
10 June: a dozen blankets shipped to Georg in honor of the rescue kitty Tom who died the day before. Go in peace, Tom.

When people sent half-done projects, there were places for those things where they could be useful. Man, did I feel smart.

September 6, 2011 at 10:27am

6 September: 12 blankets shipped out to Georg.

Let’s be blunt: I’m a terrible knitter! Cats don’t care! Send me your extra yarn and I’ll turn it into blankets for shelter cats. Thank you, thank you.

Believe it or not, boxes of yarn arrived in waves. I knitted up a storm!

November 29, 2011 at 12:12pm

29 November: 16 blankets to the Humane Society in Georg’s neighborhood that was devastated by flood.

Thank you, thank you.

That was a harsh moment for one and all. Just awful.

April 11, 2012 at 3:16pm
Previously: Georg asked friends to make blankets for her local animal shelters. Facebook friends donated yarn, fabric, etc. and I’ve just sent off another 17 blankets. That makes 125.

I was knitting, I just didn’t feel like talking about it.

July 14, 2012 at 4:06pm
The postal system will deliver 18 more blankets for shelter cats to Georg’s door, probably on Tuesday. That makes 143.

I’m a terrible knitter. Cats don’t care! Send or give me yarn cluttering up your house and I’ll knit blankets for an animal shelter.

Blah blah blah. Me, me, me and my yarn-shadow.

June 15, 2013 at 10:29pm
Last week, we sent out 16 blankets. In related news: in the fall, we sent out about 30, though you didn’t hear about it because I have no attention span and IS THAT A SHINY OBJECT? Anyway, that brings our total to somewhere around 189. Why, why, Flying Spaghetti Monster, why am I knitting like a blanket knitting machine? A few years ago, the lovely Georg asked friends to make blankets for her local animal shelters.

I’m a terrible knitter. Cats don’t care! Send or give me yarn cluttering up your house and I’ll knit blankets for an animal shelter. Or: message me for details of how you can knit or crochet blankets for lonesome shelter critters because you are a relentless do-gooder.

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Pete set up shelves in the attic where I could organize my yarns. Topaz promptly claimed a spot in one of the boxes where the other cats could not see her. Genius, really.

December 31, 2013 at 11:12pm
Busy, busy fall for the cat blanket project, which branched out a little. Recently, 15 blankets went to the lovely Georg in Upstate New York, bringing our total to somewhere above 204. Two blankets went to the local hospital’s baby blanket project. Eight thick scarves went to a South Dakota reservation project; one baby blanket and ten scarves went to the university’s adopt-a-family project. Thank you to everyone who sent boxes of beautiful, colorful yarn!

I’m a terrible knitter. Cats don’t care! Send or give me yarn cluttering up your house and I’ll knit blankets for an animal shelter. Or: message me for details of how you can knit or crochet blankets for lonesome shelter critters because you are a relentless do-gooder.
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Last week, we sent out another 20 blankets, including 2 from Mags and 1 from a yarn donor, bringing our approximate total to 224.

I was charting my progress on Facebook, but who can handle all this glamor? So let’s sort out some results:

cat blankets These go to Georg or to a shelter with which Georg is in contact.

baby blankets A hospital near me has a baby blanket project. A friend coordinates. I try to make blankets early in the year or if I have a long car trip or a lengthy illness. You know: if I’m sitting, I’m knitting and I buy special yarn for this.

scarves There are a number of projects that ask for scarves. I send or deliver them all over the place. Mostly, I buy yarn for this that I think will be fun and soft to wear.

So: there you go. I gotta go knit something.

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