Week 52: I Made it!

Three hundred and eighty-five squares totalling eleven blankets, plus eleven hats and one KASCuddle… my 2013 Square-a-Day commitment is complete!

YEAR IN REVIEW

This blog quickly turned into more than just a public commitment to make a square a day for Knit-a-square. I was able to introduce you to so many people and worthy causes, celebrate birthdays and remember loved ones who have passed, review books and experiment with recipes, delve into the past and explore the future, even take a virtual trip to a handful of countries with my flag squares.

I learned to…
– read and understand new patterns
– manage my time better
– trust my instincts
– listen to my intuition
– knit!

I finished the alphabet blanket. I found new stitches, colours and techniques, using a whopping 98 balls of yarn and wool in the process! Additionally, throughout the year I made a scarf, baby blanket, five pairs of mittens, a Lego swim bag for Mason, and two mini Baba’s and a horse for Evan. There were times when I fell behind but I always got caught up.

It has been an honour to write each week knowing that there are people out there who care about and are interested in what I have to say. Thank you for all the kind words you have given and for accompanying me on this journey.

THE SQUARES – WEEK 52

This week contains a whopping 13 squares so that I could make up the bonus number. Square two is for Christmas, using yarn my wonderful boys picked out for me. Square three uses yarn my mom gave me in my stocking. Square seven rounds out the year and follows the same idea as the first square – a square in a square.

Week 52

The bonus squares… Square two is my usual L pattern, done in rows. For square three, I tried a mitred square pattern. It ended up a bit wonky because of the three SC together to form the corner.

Week 52 Bonus

Squares in a SquareI finished my last square at 10 pm on New Year’s Eve and had just enough time left to make a matching hat.

Keep reading for the big reveal!

Square Count: 365
Bonus Squares: 20
Blankets: 11!
Hats: 11

KASCuddleWHAT’S NEXT?

To be brutally honest, I felt a bit lost on January 1. It was strange not to be crocheting a square or feel the pressure to have something done. Next on the agenda will be sewing the alphabet blanket together. I have another KASCuddle on the go. I recently picked up an afghan I started more than five years ago. David is happy to have me back! Though not as often, I still make squares. Now I’d like to focus my energy on finishing UFOs (UnFinished Objects) and fundraising for postage. I’d also like to find a job closer to home.

I’ve been asked if I’m going to continue the blog and the answer is undoubtedly YES. I like writing, sharing information and shining a light on whatever happiness I can find in the world. I like providing Knit-a-square updates and hope to spread the word more in the future.

And so, without further ado, here are the squares!

Square Compilation

Thank you again for every ounce of support. I love you all and wish you nothing but happiness and peace for the coming year.

Andrea

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About Andrea Squared

I've been a crocheter since I was 7 years old and I've been knitting since 2013. My life is filled with love and joy from my three boys, Mason (10), Evan (7) and my dear husband.
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8 Responses to Week 52: I Made it!

  1. Heather says:

    Congratulations my friend! I am so proud of you! You really are an inspiration, you should feel proud of yourself that you accomplished so much! Not just all of the squares, but opening other people’s eyes and minds to so many new things! I’m so glad to hear you will continue writing, I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog each week. I hope you find a job closer to home, and that everything you wish for this year comes true for you! Best of everything to you my friend for 2014! xo

  2. Pam Antink says:

    Well done Andrea, I’ve enjoyed following this blog most weeks – some I missed due to various circumstances that turn up unexpectedly! As well as achieving something physically constructive – the squares, you have learned so much from the experience! Agree, it would be lovely if you continue the blog, but please do not place yourself under any pressure. You met your weekly goal and that was more than enough for anyone!

  3. Jessica says:

    Yay!!

  4. Susan Gillman says:

    The squares are a glorious riot of colour and patterns and a square a day is a magnificent commitment. We have loved your blog long may it continue. All the best for 2014 and may your wishes come true.

  5. Jennifer Shigetomi says:

    That was an amazing accomplishment! I’m glad you are going to continue blogging. I really enjoy reading them. I’ve felt kind of disconnected with the S.S. PS mom’s this last year because I’ve been working so much. Your blog has made me feel a little more in touch with a least one mom! LOL Thank you. You are an inspiration.

  6. Laura says:

    Congratulations Andrea! You accomplished a lot despite a really busy schedule and many pressures. I’m glad it perhaps helped you to focus on doing something you love–crocheting–every day. The final image of all the squares is a great way to wrap up the project. Best wishes for a wonderful 2014!

  7. ecozee says:

    wow, you need to make that photo into warpping paper!!! re: fundraising, when I was working with my girl guides (scouts) to collect squares from the community – we got hundreds – and had no money to post them. We asked our local high school if we could have a bake sale at break time. The guides and their parents made cakes and we sold them and raised loads of money to post our blankets. maybe you could take some of your squares along to girl scouts and tell them about knit a square and see if they want to help you raise money.

  8. Maudie says:

    That photo of the finished squares for the year is just amazing. I don’t spend a lot of time on the forum but made an effort tonight while I am watching the Canadians winning medals at the Winter Olympics. I thought “I wonder what Andrea has to say?”. Your blog is so professionally put together. It spurs me on to look on my list and see how many squares I knitted for 2013.
    I hope you find that job closer to home. I will check in every few months and see what you are doing. 🙂

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