Shaggy rag rug heart

Show the Love

Have you spotted any green hearts this Valentine’s Day?

Over the last few years, hundreds of people have been making and sharing green hearts to raise awareness and begin conversations about the impact that climate change is having on all the things we love.  Continue reading

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Crocheted hearts

Works of Heart

I’ve found my first charity project of the year. Volunteers have been asked to help make 10,000 woolly hearts to raise funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

In exchange for a donation, the hearts will be available for visitors at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival to place on trees around the ‘Work of Heart’ garden.

The garden is the creation of Clare Young, whose husband was cared for at the hospice. Last year, Clare, along with an army of knitters, surprised staff and visitors by yarn bombing the hospice grounds.

This led to her being invited to create a full-size knitted garden for the festival, which will feature thousands of knitted and crocheted creations.

If you would like to be involved, there are free crochet and knitting patterns available to download from the Work of Heart Garden website. Hearts need to be submitted by 7 May 2018.

The crochet pattern is a really quick and easy one and each heart took me about five minutes to complete.

I really hope that Clare and her team smash the £50,000 target set for this appeal.

 

 

 

Florence the Sheep - a suffragist

Florence knew it was a very important year

Florence is a sheep who knows her own mind. She firmly believes that for everything that has gone before, you should vote, have a voice and stand up for what you think is right.

Today marks 100 years since UK women, who met the right criteria, gained the right to vote. It was another 10 years before all women were given the vote, on equal terms with men.

The fight for equality continues.

 

 

 

 

 

Crochet midwife

Did someone call?

With Call the Midwife back on our TV screens, it reminded me of this little lady, who I made a while back for a campaign highlighting the shortage of midwives in the UK.

The Knitted Midwife campaign has finished now, but you can still read all about it and see photos of some of the 500 knitted and crocheted midwives that were made. If you fancy making one for yourself, I based mine on this free pattern.

I wonder where she lives now?

 

 

Winter wreath

A winter wreath

One of my favourite makes from this year was the spring wreath (more on that later). Since making it, I’ve had lots of ideas buzzing around my head about creating wreaths for other occasions. Inspired by the winter wreath, made by Lucy from Attic 24, I’ve come up with my own version, which I’ve made as a gift for my aunt and uncle.  Continue reading

The Doughnuts of Oz

There must be something in the air because a second theatrical enterprise recently put out a request for volunteers to send in crocheted cakes for their upcoming Christmas show. Having enjoyed crocheting cakes for Scottish theatre company Starcatchers, I thought I’d make some more.

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