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.In the midst of all the this, 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. There’s a stirring. 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. Remembrance poppies are now appearing in all materials – and why not?
. .You know what?… 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 – let’s make them aware, whatever way we can, I say.
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.
You can make it too. 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. Wear it, and watch people go “Oooooh”!
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.
Oh…. and just one more thing… FIFA, can I have a word?
You couldn’t be more wrong on this one guys. Not only would I love to know what is wrong with paying tribute to those who fought and died for our freedom , but seriously, since when did you give a damn about doing the ‘right’ thing?
Rant over. Wear those Poppies with pride folks, and don’t forget.