Chain Reaction Afghan Collaboration
This is how it goes down.
On Monday evening, Malik heads to the general store and picks up baggies of finished product. Later in the week, he shuttles these to his teen cohorts and dumps the contents on the table. They line it up and, under Malik's guidance, they join them together (word on the street is that Malik loves this part best of all.)
On Wednesday, adults gather at the ballroom. They pick a baggie, dump out the contents and assemble them.
Thus it is that members of the community of Saxapahaw, NC, are gathering to make not one, but two, Chain Reaction Afghans. The Crochet and Complain (or Craft and Commiserate) group of Saxapahaw, NC is making or completing the squares and the Hawbridge Fiber Arts Club, made up of students at The Hawbridge School, is joining the squares.
I first hooked up with Lorrell, the mastermind coordinator and stuffer of baggies, at a community night at Spoonflower. She invited me to her group in Saxapahaw, a community by the Haw River that isn't even properly a town. We met at Saxapahaw General Store (your local five-star gas station), and had a lovely time.
I bestowed upon them a giant bag, a hefty box and a challenge: Assemble squares that readers had sent in for the original Chain Reaction Afghan, as well as complete and partial squares created for KDTV step-outs (Series 700; available as a Crochet Me Workshop video download, if you want tips for creating your own Chain Reaction afghan). Since the group was nearly done with their current community project, they took on the challenge. Lorrell got to work organizing the crazy mess I gave them. There are enough squares to make at least two afghans. The crocheters are freelancing the organization of the original squares, which are all different sizes and colors.
By the time I caught up with them a month later, the afghans were well under way. We gathered at Cup 22 in the Haw River Ballroom, part of a restored cotton mill — a fine place to be playing with fiber.
While we chatted, I picked up a partial step-out of Kristin Omdahl's Making Links square, crocheted by a stitcher before the show was taped. I finished off the leggy X part of it, and discovered that it was a bit smaller than the other finished squares. So Lorrell squared it off with a round of double crochet, followed by a round of single crochet. That means that at least three crocheters created that square alone.
This, my friends, is a true collaboration. Stay tuned as our Saxapahaw friends finish the afghan and decide how they will manage the final distribution. They are deciding between a silent auction and a raffle. Likely, at least one afghan will benefit The Hawbridge School, a public charter school.
I'll post updates as I learn them!