I know we’re smack bang in the middle of trying to get all of our lovely stockings knitted for the Knit Happens campaign but we’ve been asked for help via Instagram by The Craft Club who are busy preparing for a ‘magical’ yarnbomb in the gardens of The Little Havens Hospice. The Havens Hospice cares for children from across Essex in the UK with life-limiting illnesses by providing respite breaks, managing pain and caring for them at the ends of their lives.
Helen Thomas, Gabby Atkins, Kelly Holcombe, Claire Whitehead, Becky Burton and Emma Curley are seasoned yarnbombers, they understand the joy of collaborating on projects which raise a smile or inspire others to have a go.
The Little Havens yarnbomb is inspired by children’s book The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton and the group hope to create their version of the land at the top of the magical tree in crochet. In doing so the team hope to break a Guinness World Record for Largest Display of Crochet Sculptures which currently stands at 4061 crocheted items.
The finalised project will be displayed on the 25th August 2014 in the Little Havens garden which is an event for the parents and families but it will be covered by the regional press and there will be loads of photos up on Facebook, etc.
It is hoped that the attempt will consist of over 1,000 individually crocheted items including rabbits, hedgehogs, owls, pixies, trolls, fairies and characters from the book. For an item to count towards the world record it has to be made in crochet, but if your strictly a knitter only, then The Craft Club would still love to receive something bright and cheerful to add to the garden.
There are loads of suitable patterns available on Ravelry, many of which are free. You can also find a few ideas on The Craft Club’s Pinterest board here and if you stumble upon any suitable patterns it would be lovely of you to share them on our Facebook page
You can keep up to date with what’s going on with the record attempt on The Craft Club’s Facebook page too. They regularly post photos of the items they’ve received and they’re often linked to patterns and blogs. As I’m not the best at crochet I’m going to whip up a few Teeny Tiny Flowers from Attic 24’s blog like these that I made before.
We will be collecting finished items in the shop to post to the UK up to Saturday 12th July or you can send them direct to:-
Miss E Curley
9 Kenley Close
It would be great to have a few items to send over for this very worthwhile cause, remember to let us know what you’re up to.