Charity Yarn Bombing 2015 – Part 2

Here is the second part of the yarn bombing.

In addition to the five themes we had these gorgeous blankets that were donated by 2 lovely Mama’s. This one is called The Lily Pond and was very generously sent from Mama H, my lovely mother in law. There is so much work in creating a piece like this I don’t know how she could part with it, we offer our heartfelt thanks.

Lily Pond BlanketColourful crochet hexagons make up the second blanket, these were made by my lovely Mum. The hexagons were made from a random batch of yarn and there was an odd number of each colour, this made it quite a task to get the layout right. We had it laid out on the floor so many times before we found a pattern where the colours balanced. I actually joined them all together and edged it and I think it worked out ok in the end.

Crochet Hexagon Blanket

This rose vine was very sought after on the day which was a huge compliment to the creater who fashioned this pretty floral garland out of donated oddments. Isn’t it amazing what can be made from scraps of yarn when you pass them on to a talented knitter?

Knitted Rose Vine

Jungle Capers
Jungle2

Cheeky monkeys swinging amongst the vines were a feature in the jungle, these twin primates each sported a little flower, one blue and one pink. Don’t know how they managed to keep them in with all that swinging around!

“And how clever am I? Look one hand!” His lovely stripes must give him super gripping power.

Jungle Stripy Monkey

Just in case you are wondering why they all have tickets pinned onto them, we used raffle tickets as an identifier. To make their bid our visitors filled in a form using the number and indicating how much they wanted to offer for the item before slipping it into a sealed box.

Jungle Green Monkey

Slithering below were the snakes in there glorious stripiness.

Jungle SnakesThis little critter was soooooooo long.

Jungle Snake

A host of other jungle animals gathered together on the steps just taking in all the adoration bestowed upon them

Jungle Steps

Under the Sea

If you saw last years event you may recognise the sea blanket but this year we focused on under the sea adding some more creatures and a trio of lovely mermaids. There were three honestly but one of our helpers popped into the pub over the road with a collection bucket and a local fisherman made such a good case for why she should allow him to make a generous offer (too good to refuse) and take her straight away, we were left with two. Their sister was already on her way out to sea on the fishermans trawler!

Seaside2Sorry about the poor photography of the bicycle, I will try and get some better images for another post but for now I hope you can make out the little fishing boat with it’s net cast into the woolly sea on the front wheel.

Seaside Bicycle

And the fish and chip supper residing on the seat.

Seaside Bicycle Front

Round by the farm was also a basket of knitted fruits.

Fruit Basket
And a wheelbarrow just back from the yarn allotment.

Vegetable Barrow

Our event was suported by the local library and their knitting group sent us a several baby and toddler knitwear items. Also the sister of one of our dispensers is a prolific knitter, she sent us some gorgeous jackets and cardigans, I think we must have received one a week! Thank you.

Washing line

We strung up a washing line and pegged out these hand knitted garments.

Washing line2

Last but not least at the bottom of the drive we put a rose tree and ………………

Crochet Rose Tree

………….. a country garden crochet bicycle.

Country Garden BicycleThis shot was taken outside our house before it was transported to the surgery where it stood against the tree to attract passers by.

The event was a lot of work but so worthwhile on many different levels, it brought together patients, staff and friends of the surgery at our crafty Saturday morning gatherings. So many patients who couldn’t attend joined in by dropping into the surgery with yarn for us or with items they had made for one of the themes.  We were also very generously supported by the blogging community so thank you to all of you too.

 

Crochet Meercat Bride and Groom

One of our patients, an avid supporter of the Charity Yarn Bombing asked if we would make a merecat bride and groom for her grandaughters wedding.

Crochet Meercat Bride and Groom She dropped into the surgery a knitting pattern book and some yarn and left it with us. My colleague, who is a much better knitter than I, kindly took it all home to make them.

Crochet Meercat Bride 1Unfortunately my talented colleague wasn’t happy with the finished item, the fine yarn was not easy to work with and a strain on the eye at the end of a busy day! So I had a look for a crochet version and found this pattern from Planet June. it was much easier to execute that the knitted version so we made amendments to suit our patients request and came up with this Bride and Groom.

Crochet Meercat Bride

Crochet Meercat GroomWe send our congratulations to the happy couple, or should we say couples!

Rolo and Roxy

Meet Rolo and Roxy, my friends are the true masters of these lively furry bundles of joy but I wanted to surprise her with woolly versions.Crochet Rolo and Roxy Best friends 1They are couple of characters who love nothing more than playing together in the garden, that is when they are not on work duty with their Dad in the van.

RoxyRoxy obviously loves the camera but you can just make out Rolo in the background.

Edwards Menagerie Jack Russel Rolo Edwards Menagerie Jack Russell RoxyI know that many of you will recognise the pattern as one from the Kerry Lord collection in the wonderful book titled Edwards Menagerie. I have made quite a few of the animals now and can highly recommend this book. The patterns are very easy and quick to work up and each completed animal is a delight. I can’t wait till September when Kerry’s next  book of bird patterns Edwards Menagerie Birds is being released, judging by the cover it looks set to be a huge sucess and you can pre order here.

 

Yarndale Purchase Coming to Life

Hi to all my lovely friends, I have not posted for a while as I have been catching up on life after a very busy summer. But never fear I have still been quietly hooking away for an hour or so in the evenings, I don’t think I could unwind after a long day without a hook in my hand poised to create!

Crochet Donkey Angharad 3

I went to Yarndale with one of my yarn bombing buddies and we had a wonderful day wondering up and down the aisles taking it all in. The train journey there was extended as we had to be coached in for part of the way due to work on the line but it was definitely worth the hassle.  And Tajana, I must thank you again, I wore my lovely crochet rose pin, as promised I wore it on my day out and got several compliments.

BroochFromTajana2

We both bought this pattern book, Edwards Menagerie, the designs are so very simple but aren’t they adorable?

Edwards Menagerie Pattern Book

All the amimals were made up in very natural colours, which was great, but not really for me, so my interpretation and Angharad the donkey has a bit of colour. I am sure it won’t be everyones cup of tea but I like him with his colourful bits.

Crochet Donkey Angharad Head The pattern is very simple and easy to make but has so much character. Who would have thought black plastic eyes could look so soulful?

Crochet Donkey Angharad Back My favourite bit is his mane and tail. I think I may have sewn his tail on a bit high looking at him in this photo, oooops!

Crochet Donkey Angharad Tail He has a nice round tummy that gives him a really cuddly feel, then his arms and legs are only stuffed in the very ends which makes his limbs very floppy and easy for little hands to hold. I am sure that I will use this book over and over again, I am thinking of making the floppy bunny next.

Crochet Donkey Angharad 2

The pattern rather reminds me of an image from the Winnie-the-Pooh books, the one where Christopher Robin is walking up the stairs holding onto his bear by the paw and Pooh is just hanging there all loose limbed. Do you know the one I mean?

Winne the Pooh

Yarnbombing – Call to arms!

At last I reveal the secret project… and a request for a little help!

I work in a lovely little family-orientated GP surgery and I thought it would make our patients smile if we could yarn bomb the place with colourful flowers and wildlife animals and create a ‘Fantasy Garden’, and I thought why not ask for some help from my wonderful blogging friends.

Yarn Bombing Banner

  • Can you Knit or Crochet?
  • Do you own a yarn stash?
  • Then maybe you would be able to help.

If you think you may be able to help make this crazy idea a reality at our little surgery, please email me at TheGrangeRange@hotmail.com and let me know whether you knit or crochet and if you would like any pattern links.

If we can make enough of a display to encourage monetary donations from patients and onlookers, we would like to collect for our local hospital and hospice.

This is a gigantic project, and I would be so grateful if anyone had any discarded flowers or some scraps of yarn left over that could be turned into flowers to help furnish our little surgery with wooly blooms or little animals.

3 more Crochet Happy Flowers

So far I have been making the Birdie Decorations and the Happy Flowers both from Attic24; sunflowers; Shelly the garden snail; a little toadstool house and some gnomes; and the fairies.

Crochet Birds in a Row

Netting fixed over the handrails covered with flowers would create huge impact as patients visit, and maybe a beach scene as we are by the sea?

At the back of the surgery is a disused pond. A local building firm have agreed to donate a frame to support a blue tarpaulin so we can display knitted or crochet ducks, water lilies, frogs etc. and I would love to have some rabbits for under the shrubbery and squirrels and birds for in the trees and shrubs for the children to find.

Of course bunting would be a great feature too and always adds an air of festivity. Please feel free to make suggestions or give your feedback on these ideas.

I can’t help but feel this project is still in its infancy and there are so many ideas in my head that I think it will explode if I don’t share some of them with you.

Feeling inspired? Send me an email and let’s begin!

A Foal Is Born

I know this is not about knitting or crochet but I just simply had to share this with you, I drive past this little field every day going to and from work and always take pleasure in the two horses that graze the lovely green grass, but what a surprise I got today! There is a foal!

How cute is that? here he is with his mummy………

and daddy.

I watched the little chap having a feed but could not get a good shot to show you, I will keep my camera in my car and see if I can get one another day. He is sooooo cute still a bit wobbly on his little legs.