I can’t believe it’s Christmas already. Where did this year go? I had such good posting intensions.
Make A Remembrance Pompom Poppy
Halloween’s over, trick or treat’s done, costumes are back in the dressing up box and the shops are filling up with all things ‘Christmas’. Fireworks last weekend – great fun, and let’s not mention what’s going on over in the USA. SO MUCH happening at the moment.
Here in the UK, one-by one, people are beginning to wear a Poppy… on their lapel, bag, zip-pull… wherever. Remembrance day is here again, and have you noticed? Something interesting is happening. That old paper Poppy that you pick up from the nice chap at the tube station; whilst they’re perfect for some – for others they’re just not enough. They want something a little MORE – more fancy, more durable, more flamboyant, perhaps even bit glitzy. More….let’s just say… noticeable. And why not?
It’s no bad thing. We live in a materialistic world, and I can’t pretend that I’m pleased about that, but let’s face it, it looks like it’s not going to change any time soon. If there’a way of tapping into this to help raise money for the Poppy Appeal, I’m all for it. The kids are wearing them too, in one form or another. They’re bright, they shine – their mates have got ’em. Catch them young – educate them, whatever way we can.
As well as this, people are making them, and selling them, or the patterns – to go towards the appeal. Knit, Crochet, Felt, Paper – there are so many great ones out there.
A couple of years ago I published THIS crochet pattern.
That year I made a big blousy one in DK wool yarn, and last year I made a much finer Poppy in cotton using the same pattern.
This year I fancied a bit of a change. I’m channelling my current obsession with pompoms. Yes – you can actually make a Pompom Poppy, and you don’t even need to be able to to knit, crochet, sew or fold in a straight line.
It’s a good way of using up those odd few balls of yarn lying around and a great project to do with the kids. HERE’s how you do it. You might not want to stop – this stuff is addictive.
With the addition of a felt leaf I think they look great – and very different.
If you are going to make your own, or if last years is so fabulous that you want to wear it again (don’t just chuck it away for the sake of it), please make sure you donate to the Poppy appeal. After all, that’s the whole point.
Wear those Poppies with pride, and don’t forget
Cool Kids Crochet Rainbow Fur Cowl
My daughter has a bit of a thing for rainbows so how could I walk past this ball of multi coloured neon fabulousness when I saw it and resist picking it up?
There are some lovely patterns out for all manner of spaced-dyed cardigans, jumpers, dresses and accessories, but I was looking for something a little different… and I wanted a quick project, and one that’s nice and easy but still a little bit of a challenge for you folks who are new to crochet but want to push it juuuust that little bit further.
I thought this might be fun.
My simple cowl, I posted a while ago now is one of my most popular patterns..
2015 was a tough one – for people all over the world, and I’m perpetually in awe of those that give up their time and put their own lives at risk to help people in need. I thought I’d try do a little bit from this end and donate this pattern to p/hop (pennies per hour of pleasure) – a charity knitting project that raises funds for the incredible emergency medical aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).