Anyhoo, thanks for all the comments on the Hokie Healing Squares! The knitblogging communty is so awesome-a force to be reckoned with indeed! In response to some of the questions in the comments (sorry, I didn't have emails/blogs to respond back to each of you personally):
1. I believe machine knit squares are ok as long as they are the correct size-8x8 inches
2. It does not need to be machine washable-hello cashmere!
3. Crochet is fine, too.
4. It doesn't need to be complicated or fancy so novice knitters, show your stuff!
The complete specific directions are here as well as the mailing address. The quick and dirty directions are: 8 x 8 inches, any stitch pattern (that means garter stitch is fine if that's what you can do!), colors can be maroon, burnt orange, black, or white or a combo of those, and preferably in a nice, cozy yarn. If you need to see the colors or any VT info, head on over to here. If you are interested in knitting a square with my Hokie Bird chart (it is intarsia-just fyi), email me and I will compile a list of folks who want it. I'm still awaiting a response from Virginia Tech about the use of it but I wanted to start a list of interested parties. I do want to note, however, that if I get the go ahead from Tech, it should ONLY be used for the the Hokie Healing squares and not for any money making/marketing use so if that's what you'd like it for, please don't ask for it. I am not trying to be mean, just trying to respect the University's policies. Thanks for understanding, fiber friends!
In other knitting news, I have FINALLY finished and blocked my Kiri shawl (see sidebar for details) and will hopefully be wearing it to the Memorial Service for the Civil Engineering department tomorrow. Here it is pre-blocking, all small and crumply-like:
And here it is blocked, all big and lacylike:
Here's close-up of the laciness:And OOH OOH! My big bonus-I've been eyeing up some blocking wire sets and trying to find a nice (read:cheapy) alternative and lo and behold, I found the best solution! I got a 20-pack of floral stem wires from Michael's for $1.99!! They are shorter than the fancy pants sets but I just used three along the top and it worked fine. AND they are aluminum and therefore rust-proof---WOOT! I feel happy with me.
Knit On, Hokie Healers!!