Not so much Knit and Natter this week as crochet and natter. I am finding this weeks post hard to explain so please bear with me.
It was coming up to Easter, son, fiancée, two children and a dog were coming to stay. Experience tells me that knitting is problematic with lots of people around, you know counting, stopping in the middle of a row, dropping stitches.. what I needed was a simple crochet project. That way I would stay sane, have to have some yarn in my hand to stay sane you know.
Park that thought.
The Snail has been starting a revolution of craftactivists. Basically using your crafts to put across a message you believe in, in a positive and non violent way. There is to be an event in Manchester at the end of May and items were needed from the start of May. Brilliant, what could I do?
Well the big question really was what do I believe in? Two things came to me as I pondered away, usually in the bath. One to use up scraps be it food, fabric , yarn. Not to waste things that are useful, not to be always buying more and more stuff. Very good, so far , but what to make?
Then the answer came to me. It’s coming up to what was my Dad’s birthday, and I have never forgotten seeing him lying in a hospice with a beautiful, much faded and worn handmade patchwork quilt covering him. It was such a comforting sight to see this outward sign of love and care. Not a hospital blanket you see, but a cover made with or donated through compassion.
Light bulb moment!
Last year I made a couple of lap blankets for a care home.
The time frame for the finished items is tight, a lap/small blanket would be perfect.
So I set to work in earnest all Easter long, with small left over balls of yarn. Here is where I am now. Should say I am using Attic 24 s method of joining as I go.
I am beginning to run out of small balls so will start to use some of my larger balls on a border. I may even be finished in time for the start of May.
In close up.
Meantime I have to think of a slogan or a few words to describe what this is all about. So far I have “Cherished Scraps make kind blankets”.
What do you think? How could I say in a few words, what I want to say.
Meantime have you been missing Yarn Along? Rachel has now started Yarning Along, do check it out.
Time to do a bit more crocheting I think….