SYLers (Sundara Yarn Lovers) are united in a very unique way this week. I couldn't sleep one night, and the idea came to me that it would be so lovely to gift a baby blanket to Sundara, a very talented and gifted dyer who has brought all of us a lot of joy. She is having her first baby soon, and those of us who love her yarn and make so many beautiful things with it have joined together to make an alphabet and number blanket, in multi colours of her sock yarn. Each of us have stashes we are dipping into, and each of us are taking the time to lovingly knit a square. When all is complete it will be put together and sent to Sundara for her newborn. I'm amazed at how quickly this idea was adopted. The 36 original spots for knitting blocks were filled within 2 days, and I had to extend the size to 40 blocks. Wow. What a wonderful group of women. Shown above is the first square (I actually knit it three times - the first was WAY too big, the second was in a multicolour yarn and didn't show enough stitch definition, but the third attempt was just right - just like Goldilocks!). Each square only takes 10g of yarn.
I'm also thinking that when I've completed the design, I'll put the blanket pattern up for sale, but all proceeds will go to our local children's hospital in Toronto. To raise more money for this charity, I'll also sell the individual letters. Everything will be in honour of Sundara's newborn baby.