Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Long overdue PSI KAT Report

I can't believe it's been a whole week and half and I have not reported on my trip to the Massachusetts State House in Boston for the 2010 Pine Street Inn Knit-a-thon on November 7th! It is truly paralyzing when you actually think about how fast the time is flying by. With Thanksgiving approaching and the fact I still have so much to do as everyone is coming to our house to celebrate, I just had to squeeze out a little time to fill you in on the big KAT day before the weeks turn into months as we ease into the Christmas season.

Let me start with where I left you last. My last square was finished in time for the KAT, but unfortunately I only had 32 squares; three shy of the 35 needed to complete a blanket. I was a bit sad because it would have been nice to keep all my squares together in a blanket. Next year my plan will be to start earlier and try to put a blanket together before the KAT.

The very last square
When we arrived at the State House I dutifully handed over my squares and the squares (totaling almost 400) from my church to be sorted by the volunteers. They sort by color and wash-ability. Groups then find a table and choose a collection of 35 squares to assemble into a blanket. We chose a pretty pink combo. Given the fact that among the 5 of us only 3 knew how to crochet, we decided to sew the blanket squares together using mattress stitch. Crochet would have been much more time efficient, but you do what you have to do, right? The process seemed a little slow for us this year. There were many more distractions and a few of us had headaches. In the end we didn't quite finish putting together one blanket because we left early. Almost finished...I'd say we were about 75% done. My friend brought it home to finish. Last year we were able to finish one and a half blankets.

Here's the blanket we were working on. You can see how it's not quite finished:
We got lot's of compliments. Everyone loved the shades of pink!

I brought home a "to-go" bag. This will be my big project for January. I can't even think about it until after the holidays are over. I need to lay out all the squares on my dining room table. That's what I did last year and that seemed to work out well.IMG_0769


This next photo is one from the PSI KAT Facebook page. In it you can see that four of my squares are on the corners. I wonder what the finished blanket looks like?

 Not my photo - Can you see my squares on the four corners?

The amount of blankets finished at approximately 3:30PM.

The next photo I thought was very impressive.

  Not my photo. This says it all....a very productive day!

Be sure and check out the KAT's facebook page. That's where the two photos, that are not mine, are from.There's lots of great info and photos about Pine Street Inn KAT and the people they help. (It's never too late to donate to such a worthy cause.) I also don't want to forget to tell you about the wonderful lunch of delicious wraps, sandwiches and cookies provided for by Abundant Table, another Pine Street Inn Enterprise.

Last but not least, on the Tuesday after the KAT,  my phone rang with a wonderful surprise. I had bought some raffle tickets at the KAT, never thinking I would actually win anything...well, to my great surprise --  I won!  Check out all my loot in a large craft basket! It will certainly keep me very busy :) Many thanks to Loraine of Stitches by the Sea in Winthrop for her generous donation to the raffle prizes for the KAT. I'm very appreciative!

 Not my photo.  My winnings :) 


Since the Knit-a-thon I've been busy with my Christmas knitting, but all of it is going to have to remain top secret for the time being. I'm not sure what I'm going to blog about over the next few weeks, but I'll try to come up with something :)

Sure hope everyone is happy, enjoying the coming holidays and knitting happily away!

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  1. Wow! Those blankets look great! The people receiving the blankets should be quite warm!

    Congrats on the win. Looks like you won some nice things.

  2. Impressive results at the KAT. The photo with all the blankets on the staircase is awesome. It is heart-warming that so many individuals will receive the blankets.

    Congratulations on winning the raffle basket, too.

  3. Wow, that is impressive! Those blankets are amazing!!!!!

    Congrats on the win! Isn't it nice to actually get surprised like that? Good for you!

  4. Those blankets look amazing and you must feel so good with your contribution.

    Congrats on your win!!! WOOHOOOO!!!

  5. Those blankets are great! I bet it's nice to see the squares that you knit actually in a blanket :o)

  6. Hakucho! I am so sorry I did not get a chance to meet you! Thank you so much for coming the the K-A-T and for your amazing and artistic square contributions! The pink blanket that you were working on was delivered to me this week with a gorgeous light pink crocheted edge. I was psyched when I saw you won the raffle prize - I hope you have fun with it. All the best for the Holidays, thank you for everything and i look forward to seeing you at K-A-T 2011!

  7. WOW that looks like a lot of fun. I love the photo of all of the blankets on the stairs.

  8. ack! I thought I had commented on this post but I had this hankering feeling that I maybe I didn't after all. :( congrats on your winnings. love the shot of the blankets on the staircase!


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