Last year I made some Easter chick egg covers for Francis House Children’s Hospice, who sell them on with chocolate eggs inside. I sadly had to buy some creme eggs to test them, to make sure they were the right size and that the eggs wouldn’t fall out when they were lifted. Needs must.
I’m not sure they actually look like chicks. They look like they’ve got a bit of attitude.
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.
I’ve been making some little birds for unravel, a festival of knitting, which is taking place in Farnham on 17-19 February.
At the end of 2015 I crocheted some woolly hats for the big knit, a joint campaign between Age UK and innocent drinks that helps vulnerable older people. Every time innocent sells a little bottle of drink wearing a hat, they donate 25p to Age UK to help keep older people warm and well over winter. Since 2003 they’ve raised an astonishing £1.9m from the 6 million hats that have been sent – incredible! Continue reading
I really enjoy crafting for charities and good causes. Not only does it raise money and awareness of issues, I get to hone my skills too. Last year I supported seven different charities.
These crocheted flowers were for a yarn bomb during Bath in Fashion 2016, all in aid of the Royal United Hospital Forever Friends Cancer Care campaign.