Northeast US Oddball Baby Blankets


#1

Hello friendly charity knitters and crocheters!

We work together to make Oddball Baby Blankets for charity. Our blankets will be made according to the requests of our local hospital(s), so keep watching this thread to see our guidelines.

Suziehomemaker will be the leader for the Northeast Region Oddball Baby Blankets.

The Northeast Region includes: [B]Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont[/B].

If you would like to volunteer to help make our blankets, please send Suziehomemaker a private message, and she’ll help you get started!

Our project will begin in August, so let’s start our plans!


#2

Greetings to all Northeast Knitters & Crocheters!

Sandy has set the bar extremely high but, with help from gmmarton (who has graciously offered to assist with blanket delivery) we can go a long way toward keeping loads of Northeast babies warm! :woohoo:

Plans are still in the early stages, but we’ll likely start with worsted weight blankets, before branching out into preemie (DK/sportweight) blankets, if that’s ok with everyone.

I’ll post info here as decisions are made. All input is welcome! :grphug: We’ll need knitters for the blankets, of course, and volunteers who might be willing to crochet borders. Please PM me if you are interested.

Once we are well up and rolling, I’ll try to put together a website where we can keep track of the blankets. Any advice from computer-savvy KHers will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

ETA-thanks to the inspiration from The.Knitter, I’ve created a blog to track our blankets http://northeastoddball.blogspot.com/


#3

If you look on my signature, you will see where I have my blog listed. This is where I show pictures of blankets as they come to me, welcome new members, list finished blankets and post their pictures. You could try setting up a blog there if you wanted to.

Good luck with your new venture!


#4

In honor of our region, our first blanket will be called the [B]Nor’easter[/B] :cheering:, with pretty blues and whites of the skies and the ocean, and maybe a little stormy gray in there, too. :teehee:

We only need two more knitters and our first blanket will be all set for its August start, including a crocheted border. Thanks to those who have PMed me already!

gmmarton will be delivering our worsted weight blankets to the Pediatric Center at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, CT.

We have a tentative plan for preemie blankets (DK/sportweight) to go to the Philadelphia area, and I’ll post an update once we have confirmation.

Thanks to all! :woot:


#5

Go Northeast! :happydance:


#6

Way to go Northeasters! Our first blanket has a full complement of knitters! :happydance:

[B][U]Nor’easter[/U][/B]
Spikey
gmmarton
threesmom
LilHuskiesFootballMom
onb4050
kellee0302 (has also offered to crochet our border)

I’ll get it started as soon as I get some needles (Shandeh is sending us a supply), so it will be ready to send out on our official start date.

For our second blanket, how about calling it [B]August, [/B]to honor the ‘birth month’ of our new group?

I read that Peridot is the modern birthstone for August, and it can range in color from “light yellow-green to the intense bright green of new spring grass to olive”. Sounds like gorgeous colors for a blanket to me!!!

Who’s interested?

Thanks to all for your enthusiasm! Let’s keep Shandeh’s momentum going, and make her proud :mrgreen:


#7

I’m proud already. cloud9


#8

Woo hoo! We have a new knitter in our group. Welcome sarahbean!:grphug:

Also, LilHuskiesFootballMom, who has previously worked on larger blankets, has volunteered to help us with our baby blankets!

Thanks to both of you, and to all of the other terrific knitters who have signed up.

Already, our [I]second[/I] blanket only needs two more knitters! :woohoo:


#9

Hi Gang,

Is anyone interested in designing a button for our group, like the ones below, that we can use to link to our thread?

Thanks!!!


#10

Welcome sarahbean and Footballmom!

I can’t do a button, but I did have an idea for another blanket once we get rolling - how about Mermaid Tails - lots of teals, blues, greens, purples, pinks? (I was looking at my stash … the idea just came to me …:aww: ) I’d be happy to start it whenever…


#11

Thanks, threesmom! That sounds like a great idea for a blanket, with some gorgeous colors! :muah:

If you’d like to start it that would be terrific. I’d love to work on it, too.

Do you have a needle from a previous project? If not, I can send you one once I get our supply from Shandeh. Otherwise, if you want to start it on your own needle, and send it to me on waste yarn, I’ll add the needle.

Who else is interested in Mermaid Tails?


#12

I’m game for both!

also with the Nor’easter… lots of purples in the ocean too, esp at sunrise and sunset (I grew up in Portland, Maine…)


#13

mermaid tails sounds really pretty, i think I have some yarn in those colors in my stash upstairs (shhhhh! dh doesn’t know about the yarn in the under the bed storage totes up in our bedroom! LOL!)

I have some size 8 twenty nine inch circs so if someone would like me to start one I can (they’re susan bates, I hate the Boye ones i have!).

We could also do one in fall colors as well “autumn in the northeast” It’s no secret we have the most gorgeous foliage! :slight_smile:


#14

Thanks, LHFBM. I’ll put you down for August and for Mermaid Tails! :knitting:

The purple would look [I]stunning[/I] with those other colors. Great suggestion!


#15

No one here would [U]ever[/U] snitch about stash! :teehee:

Thanks [B]so[/B] much for volunteering! We’d love to have you start a blanket. :happydance: That sounds like a perfect needle size. Autumn in the Northeast is a lovely title, and conjures up such beautiful images.

How about if you start that one? You’ll have several knitters before you on each of the other blankets we’ve already planned, so you shouldn’t get too many at one time. I’d love to work on it, too.


#16

Spikey,

Please add me to the list of knitters for “Mermaid Tails” and “Autumn in the Northeast.” Thanks!:


#17

I’d like to join the list of knitters! I live in central NY. Just add me on the list for any of the blankets and I’d be happy to help out. I knit on the Oddball blanket #3.

Sorry if this has been posted already…what are the specifics of the blankets? Acrylic only? How big are they going to be and how much are we each knitting? Thanks! I’m looking forward to helping out!


#18

Thanks, gmmarton! I’ll put you both.

Would you mind being last on Mermaid Tails and possibly doing a border?

What a fabulous team we have! :woot:


#19

Hi and welcome, Lisa1216! :hug:We are always thrilled to have new knitters!

Please send me PM with your address and let me know if you knit (like me) or knit and crochet (like many of our talented folks) and would be willing to help with crocheted borders, if needed.

We haven’t actually reposted instructions yet, so those are a great questions. Our plan right now is to use the model that Shandeh set up for the oddball baby blankets, detailed instructions for which can be found here: http://oddballknitters.blogspot.com/ Just scroll down to the post for worsted weight baby blankets.

In a nutshell, our blankets will come already on a needle, and you should knit 4 inches in a soft, 100% acrylic yarn in the colors of the blanket’s theme. When you are finished, or almost finished, with your part, contact me and I’ll contact the next knitter and see if she/he is ready.

Written instructions will also accompany each blanket, and they’ll be on our blog, too. If you ever have any questions, you can post them here, there are lots of helpful knitters available - or send me a PM.

Thanks!!!


#20

I can be last on Mermaid Tails and will do the border as well. Thanks, Spikey!