Monday, 25 June 2012

Crochet inspiration ...

I was demonstrating crochet at a show this weekend.  My mum (and crochet mentor) was with me.  An elderly gentleman stopped with his grand-daughter to show her the crochet and we got chatting.

He told us that he was a long-time crocheter, having learnt when he was quite small.  He had made blankets for his grand-children when they were little but had not worked with a hook for a long time.  He was happy and inspired to see crochet again and hoped his grand-daughter might learn.

The best part of our conversation was a story he told us of his time in the Navy.  Before a tour of duty,  he used to advertise in national and local newspapers for yarn donations.  He would take the yarn and his hooks on board and, during his time at sea, teach the other sailors to crochet easy squares.  They would all make squares during their leisure time and he would sew them together into blankets.

When their tour was over and he was back on dry land, he would take the pile of blankets and offer them where they were most needed - some to charities, some to elderly people and some to poorer families with small children.

What a brilliant story!  I know that there are many knitters and crocheters who make things for the armed services.  Scarves, gloves etc.  But I haven't ever heard of things happening the other way round ... yet.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Granny news

Granny-tastic

I have been working with a really lovely lady who has ambitions to grow a business in granny square crochet.  Her first ventures are in children's furnishings but before all that I am teaching her to crochet.  She is a really quick study so it shouldn't take long.  In the mean-time I am making up prototypes for her in her chosen yarn.  

Project number one is a cushion pad for the top of an antique wooden toybox.    I finished today.  Her colour choices are gorgeous as is the yarn (Artesano Aran).  I am submitting it as 2 of my granny-a-day ... it is double sided after all!!!

Toybox Cushion Pad Cover in Progress

Also,  in celebration of the Jubilee this week, I am giving away my Union Jack bunting pattern to fellow granny-a-day crocheters.  Just put a link to where you are posting your granny-a-day pics in the comment box (or email me - see contact tab above) with an email address and I will send you the PDF.   Have fun at your street party, pageant, fayre etc