For the last 3 years NETA (New England Textile Arts) has raffled off an afghan at the Spa weekend, which is held in February. The proceeds from the sale go to Ellen Harpin of the SHIPS program to help offset the postage in mailing the hats, slippers and cooling ties (in the summer) for our troops overseas
A good number of the NETA members volunteer to knit one or more blocks for the afghan. This year I believe that two afghans are being made and judging from the blocks that have already been sent in, they are going to be lovely blankets!. One is done all in white Bartlett yarn and the other in purple Encore yarn. As you can see, my block was done in the purple. Encore is not my favorite yarn to knit with, but I was happy with the way my block came out, and it really does make for a softer blanket. My block is "Frost Flowers" from Barbara Walker's "A Treasury of Knitting Patterns".
The joining party for the afghan is held in Portsmouth, NH in January. We have a wonderful time sewing the blankets, spinning, knitting, eating and having a great time all around. This is where I met Julia for the first time and I am looking forward to meeting new faces again this year.