At this stage I have a good few of you plagued with my constant pushing of The Craft Club’s Guinness World Record Yarnbomb attempt in aid of The Little Haven’s Hospice. If any of you have missed pop over here to my previous post to find out all about it.
The final project goes on display in the gardens of the hospice on the 25th August so I sent over a shoe box stuffed with items earlier this week and this photo heavy post is to share the the lovely little items dropped off by some of you and which will contribute to the spectacular efforts of The Craft Club to raise a good few smiles and highlight a very worthy cause.
Despite being in the middle of our Knit Happens charity campaign for the East Cork Rapid Response I thought it was fair to try and get involved with The Craft Club’s Guinness World Record attempt in aid of Little Haven’s Hospice. See my previous post with all the info here.
The items needed have to be made in crochet to count towards the record and which I must stress, wouldn’t be my strongest skill. Undeterred I’ve launched right in and am trying my best to rope as many people in as possible.
Last week I posted a link on our Facebook page for the lovely little owl pattern by Rebecca Homick. This great little pattern is available free on Rebecca’s blog Hopscotch Lane here and despite being billed as a ‘Christmas Tree Ornament’ I think it’s ideal for the hospice garden yarnbomb.
The pattern is clearly written and easy to understand. One thing I should draw your attention to is that it is in American terminology. Once you know this though it’s easy to substitute our dc (double crochet) for Rebecca’s sc (single crochet) and our tc (treble crochet) for the patterns dc (double crochet).
I took my time and followed the instructions and used double knit scraps from my stash and a 4mm hook.
The great thing about the owl is that you stuff it before you finish crocheting so there’s a minimum amount of sewing up needed.
I was a little worried that his back is a bit untidy, but he’s made in a spiral so it stands to reason that there will be a little ‘jog’ in his stripes.
Eyes, he needs proper eyes and we have the small black safety eyes in the shop. They’re a little difficult to put in, but once in they’re not going anywhere.
So he can see, but he also has to be able to eat, right?
Absolutely love him and if I can manage then anyone can.
What are you waiting for?
There’s loads of patterns available on Ravelry, many of them are free too.
It’s such a worthwhile cause, come on have a go and crochet something, anything flowery or whimsical. If you get your finished items into us by Saturday July 12th we’ll even post them too.
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.