Charity Yarn Bombing – Part 3

This is the final instalment.

This was another of my favourites, I was so happy that I actually won the bid for it so we can keep it up at the surgery.

Wooden TreeThe wooden tree was made by a friend using a photo frame as inspiration. It stands 5ft tall made from MDF and stained with wood stain. I am currently making more leaves so it will look fuller, then the plan is to decorate it with snowflakes for Christmas.

Wooden Tree 2

Not sure if you can make this out but it is a real nest that we were given, it had been abandoned so no little birdies were dislodged from their home we promise. Debs made a little crochet bird to sit in the nest which was given a new home in our floal garland adorned tree.

Crochet Bird in Nest These were balls from a childs ball pool that we covered with yarn to hang like colourful woolly fruits.

Crochet Balls in Tree A pair of gnomes donated by Dean’s Garden Centre were yarn bombed and graced the front garden with their crochet flowers.

Yarn Bombed Garden GnomesThen we had our safari theme, ok I know a koala does not really fit this theme but he is so cute we had to include him.

Knitted KoalaThe colourful purple snake slithering along the branch. A little boy won the bid for him and when he collected his prize we were trying to help him choose a name. We were all suggesting names that would rhyme with snake like Syd, Sammy and Cyril, good names we thought. But no, “Bob” said the little chap, tied Bob around his waist and off he went. One very happy little man and a snake called BOB!

Knitted Purple SnakeThis colourful parrot was a great hit with all our visitors but sadly he was not available for bids, although his maker did offer for eggs to be laid and nurtured for baby parrots.

knitted Monkey and Parrot 2Cheeky monkey swinging on a crochet vine, his mate was sitting behind the parrot awaiting his turn on the vine swing.

Knitted MonkeyBelow all the activity on high there was an animal picnic going on.

Safari PicnicBunting and birds were hung and strung all around the building giving life to all the themes.

Crochet Bunting and Birdies

I have to finish by saying a final thank you to all of you who helped us achieve a display that in the end was more than we could have hoped. Both the Hospice and the Hospital are extremely grateful for the funds that we have all raised. And the patients too have continued to show their appreciation.

Thank you.

So here ends our Charity Yarn Bombing story………………….until next year!

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Charity Yarn Bombing – Part 2

The seaside scene was really spectacular but I found it was the hardest to photograph because of the size. To give it some perspective the stretch of railing that it s dressing is 4 metres long. To get the whole thing into view it lacked detail so I will have to ask you to use your imagination a bit. I really regret not taking more close-up shots.

Crochet Sea Scene Full Width

I had to wear a wrist support for a week after making two thirds of the sea blanket and was extremely grateful to Debs for taking over and finishing it. She made the wonderful pennant and ball bunting and the magical giant jellyfish too.

Sorry that the light doesn’t show up on the lighthouse but it really does work, honestly, the top lifts off and you just have to press down on the bulb and hey presto, it lights up! With a bulb top and bottom it gave off a good amount of light and drew lots of comments.

Lighthouse

There was a family of whales swimming above the tiny fishes amongst the seaweed on the far side. In the centre were more fish,  jellyfish and a knitted submarine. The octopuses occupied the near side of our woolly sea blanket. As you can see some of the creatures were stitched into place and others were 3d and hung from the top giving the whole scene a life-like appearance.

Crochet Sea Scene

At the back of the surgery the pond scene worked so well despite a last minute hitch about getting the cover made! We were very grateful to the local builders who we managed to rope into doing it for us just a week before the event.

Under the Shrubbery We had little creatures nestling in the undergrowth.

Frog and Friends And a tea cosy disguised as a fishing gnome.

Knitted Tea Cosy Gnome Fishing

Just around the corner from the pond was the little grotto.

Fairy Imogen on a Swing Imogen finally got her wings thanks to Rosemary and she sat primly on her swing overlooking the scene below that was full of taodstools, mushrooms and gnomes.

Fairy Garden Fairy Garden 2 At the front of the pond scene was this amazing tree that was full of little birds. It has found a new home as a window prop in a local shop in town.

Crochet Tree in Pot2 The pond was home to a little family of ducks that swam amongst the groups of water lillies sent by my lovely Mama H.

And caterpillar was very good and did not nibble into our plants.

Caterpillar

There will be one last post to show you that last of the photos including our safari corner with snakes, monkeys and friends.

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Charity Yarn Bombing – Part 1

At last, some photos of the event to share with you. Bunting and TreeI have to start with a huge THANK YOU to all of you for your support and contributions, all of which were put to very good use and helped to make our little event a huge success. The displays were manned over the August bank holiday weekend when we had the majority of our visitors. All the items were given a number and visitors could place a bid to buy whatever took their fancy in a sealed box.

A couple of weeks before the opening we started to stir local folk and patients curiosity when the tree on the roadside was wrapped in a clourful blanket. Patient’s would come into reception and ask “is the tree poorly’? There is a bus stop opposite and we would giggle as we watched people waiting for a bus chatter and point inquisitively.

Yarn Bomed Tree

I will break the photos down into a few posts so they are not too long starting with the floral delights and the bunting. We had lots of floral garlands and bunting around the grounds and building, it added a wonderful festive air to the whole event.

Crochet Flower PanelsWe used many of the flowers we were sent to create these flower panels to hang from the hand rail at the front of the surgery.

Crochet Sunflower Flower Panel

Crochet Poppy Flower PanelCrochet Vase Flower PanelCrochet Daisy Flower PanelA friend made the gorgeous pink potted flower, if fact she made 5 of them and another friend knitted little butterflies and bees to decorate them. They were dotted around the  garden and I have to say they looked amazing.

Crochet Happy Flowers in a Troughs

The Happy Flowers from the pattern on Attic 24 worked their colourful charm in flower troughs with the leafy trellis on the walls at either side with bees and ladybirds nestling in the leaves.

Crochet Leaf Vine and Ladybird TrellisCrochet Leaf Vines on Trellis with BeesNext I will show you the seaside scene so come back soon!

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Yarn Bombed a Gnome

Dean’s, one of our local garden centre’s have been really supportive of our yarn bomb project. They donated a couple of gnomes for us to play with, a friend has one and this is the other. I managed to get him bombed yesterday.

Yarn Bombed GnomeHe was a bit of a challenge because under his red woolly hat he is wearing a cap on sideways so the peak sticks right out. Hiding it was a bit tricky, so if you think he has a funny shaped head this is why.

Underneath the flower is a paint brush but I ran out of time to cover the paint bucket, maybe I can make it into a basket if I get time but as the event is this weekend time is what is running out eeeek!!

 

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Creatures of the Sea

I got a lovely surprise when I opened my post to discover all these sea creatures.

sea creaturesThey are a most welcome contribution from Belgium made by the lovely Annick who blogs as Cat Stitches. She has just finished the cutest little fox hat beautifully modeled by her gorgeous little girl Febe, it’s definitely worth popping over to take a peek.

This was a timely arrival as I had just been making the sea for the Seaside Scene we are creating for the yarn bombing so these babies have a place to rest already. And I have just made this octopus family too so these three have a ready made family.

I loved this pattern the minute I saw it and knew they just had to be part of our seaside scene.

Crochet Octopus FamilyAnd two crabs were great fun to make. The Crabby the Crab and Ollie the Octopus patterns were a great find on a newly discovered pattern source called Favecrafts.

Crochet Crabs

Here is a sneak preview of how the sea scape was coming along before these new additions arrived.

Sea Scene

 

 

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The Snail of Happiness has Arrived

We would perhaps not generally think of snails in a kind light with their tendancy to invade our gardens. For such a slow moving creature they can wreek havoc in an amazingly short space of time. This bright and colourful snail is a gift from Snail of Happiness

Snail of Happiness2

This little critter is a different kind of snail though, he leaves no slimy trail as he slithers through the garden and he doesn’t eat your favouite flowers either. All he does is add a ray of colour streaking across the lawn.

He was rather tired after his journey so enjoyed an hour or two basking in the sunshine on the wall.Snail of HappinessHe also brought all this lovely bunting with him too.
Crochet Bunting

It is now neatly stashed ready to adorn the surgery in acouple of weeks.

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Bower bird gets a perch

Originally posted on Love, Lucie:

I’ve made a perch for one of my Bower birds.Attic 24 Bower Bird
It looked lovely hanging in my sunny garden at the weekend.Bower Bird
But alas this one, along with his matesBower bird
will be flying off up to Scarborough for TheGrangeRange yarn bombing project.
So I’ll just have to make my self another.Bower Bird

Hopefully someone else will love this one enough to put in a charity bid. All the visitors to the yarn bombed GP’s surgery  in Scarborough will be able to put in a bid to purchase any of the items on display. All the money raised will be added to the charity pot.

Love, Lucie xx

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