Monday, 14 November 2011

Remembrance Day.....11/11/11

We couldn't let such a special day come and go without making a poppy or two. People from all over the world gathered together to remember loved ones lost and family members currently serving in the armed services. As a group we got out our red yarn and also began thinking about wars long past and those unfortunately continuing around the world. It certainly made me think about our forces at home and abroad. Whether or not you agree with the war going on at the moment or not, it's still about remembering those who fought for us in past wars and how our lives have changed as a result. For the better I may add :0)

From a basic poppy pattern found via a friends facebook page, I made a 'bouquet' of different sized poppies. For ease and for quickness I cheated and used black buttons as centres and green felt leaves. I was really pleased with the result.

 The tag was embroidered with the words, 'We shall remember them'

As people gathered around our local cenotaph and around the bench under the tree nearby, I felt proud that I had done my bit and honoured our war heroes. I felt proud that people were looking at the wreath, carefully sewn to the bench, smiling. I kept my distance but noted the approving glances from the elders in the community as well as the youngsters sitting by it. They touched it, puzzled over it and smiled about it. Job done :0)

Yarnsy also made this....

The tag reads...
'It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.'
Eleanor Roosevelt

I hope in some way we did our bit and contributed to paying our respects along with the rest of our country.

Yarnsy has been busy....

Yarnsy has joined the facebook group '21 days to yarnbomb' and my my has she been busy!
Everyday so far she's posted up a tantalizing picture on my personal facebook page. Some have even made me feel quite emotional, all of them have made me smile. She's made apples, bumblybees, love hearts, even a professor Snape! He was my personal fave. He sits on a road sign at 'Snape Hall Road, Baldwins Gate, Staffs.

Each of Yarnsy's projects have little cards attached to the This particular one is a JK Rowling quote from Harry Potter (obviously LOL), " It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live."

An apple sweetly hanging in a tree....
"Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. It's where all the fruit is" Shirley MacLaine.

A rainbow there for all to see........
"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud", Mary Angelou

A Star shining down from skies above....
'No star is ever lost we once have seen, we always may be what we might have been.' Adelaide Anne Procter

A Dolly just sitting, sharing the love.......
'How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world' Anne Frank

I'm sure that a lot of these projects have been stolen away already as they are all so beautiful! I can't wait to see what else Yarnsy does for the remaining days in November. I'm loving reading the quotes each day. Many are inspirational, as is her knitting and crochet. Keep up the good work Yarnsy. You're making lots of people smile :0)

If you'd like to get involved Facebook has lots of yarn bombing pages. One of which is '21 days to yarnbomb'. They have this to say....

They say it takes 21 days to break a habit, but how about 21 days to make a habit. Why not join in the first annual 21 DAYS TO YARN BOMB event?

Many people around the world participated in this year's International Yarn Bombing Day event and now here's your chance to join in the next big yarn bombing date on the calendar.

For every single day between November 1st to November 21st 2011 you will n...
eed to yarn bomb something in your town. It doesn't need to be big. Even the smallest flower attached to a bus stop seat can make a powerful statement and make someone's day. Or why not get together with your yarn bombing group and each add one yarn bomb per day to a space and by the end of the 21 days you'll have a massive project all done and ready to show off to the world. How about documenting the gradual increase in the yarn bombs to make up the large project by the end?

Don't forget to promote this event on your own facebook walls/pages/groups to get more people involved and build the evergrowing yarn bombing community.

This event has the intention of happening every year in November, worldwide.

This event is bought to you by Twilight Taggers, Yarn Corner and Dial A Yarn Bomb Group.

New members always welcome to the Yarn Corner facebook group.

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If this is something you'd like to participate in, then by all means jump in. Tell them we sent you!

Thursday, 3 November 2011

we're back at it again!

Well, it seems like forever since we wrote the last post. The summer holidays have been and gone. The warmer weather is fading and dark nights are creeping in. Good! Dark nights make me want to stay in, snuggled up on the sofa with a hook and some yarn.
We been tentatively doing some yarn bombing. Small things. Easy things to get us back into the swing of things. A small dolly with a small yet powerful message. A love heart with a love letter which has already been stolen away. The idea that someone stole away her heart makes me smile. A bumblybee hiding away for the winter. Maybe he'll be joined by some more bees to hibernate through the winter? We shall see.
We'll be adding images in the near future. Keep calling back. Tell your friends. Keep the smiles going. That's what its all about.