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.
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.
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 →
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.
Starcatchers, a Scottish children’s theatre company, recently put out an appeal asking people to create knitted cakes for its winter show, The Attic. The cakes will be used during the show’s imaginary tea party. Continue reading →
When I visited the Knitting and Stitching Show on Thursday I just walked straight into the venue, but on Saturday it was much busier and the queue to get in snaked all the way back to the car park. Luckily it was a beautiful sunny morning and it provided an opportunity to talk to some lovely crafty ladies who were in the queue. Continue reading →
So the London Knitting and Stitching show is over for another year. I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy going to this show and last week’s offering didn’t disappoint. The autumn show is held at Alexandra Palace, or Ally Pally as it is lovingly known. The venue is a short distance north of central London and, with it being up on a hill, it has a spectacular panoramic view of the city. It’s set in 196 acres of parkland, which every year I promise myself I will go and visit. I was lucky enough to be able to visit on two days this year, which meant I could take a more leisurely pace looking around everything.