Wednesday, December 08, 2010

.....aaaaaand I'm back!

In my defence, I said 'after Christmas'. I did not say how long after Christmas...

Two things have prodded me into coming back. One was receiving a couple of comments from new readers (hello, maybe and checat!), and one was looking in my diary and realising that last weekend was my sixth blogiversary. I have many things to tell you... but I'll start with the hats.

My Quaker Meeting threw a party last year for women and children asylum seekers in Sunderland. I made them six hats - and 70 women and 30 children attended!

This year, starting in June, I started crocheting my stash oddments into hats and scarves for this year's party. My intention was to carry on until I had finished up all the odd balls, and stuff left from bigger projects. I knew we would need about 100 items, in various sizes, and I thought, if I was lucky, that I might get to about 20, perhaps 30.

I kept crocheting, and getting Richard, the Beamish Boy, to photograph each one and pile them up in a cupboard.

I finished the last odd ball on November 30. I had also been given some beautiful scarves and a whole range of knitted hats by two lovely friends, so I knew there would be a fair few items.

I got Richard to haul them all out and photograph them. It was the first time I'd seen all my work in one heap (with Merlin conveniently appearing, to give scale!):



It soon became obvious that I had done rather more than 20 or 30. In fact, once Richard had laid it all out meticulously, and we counted up, we discovered it was...98!



And this is what it looked like with my friends' scarves and hats added in – Richard almost had to stand on a chair for this one. I think it added up to 120 altogether:


My stash has gone from three large plastic crates (and a few bags) to one and a half crates!

Eight hats have gone off to the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture in Newcastle, and the rest was collected yesterday by two friends from Durham Meeting. They were amazed at the quantity, even though I'd warned them that it would be two heavy bags – they weigh around 18lb, well over a stone, in total.

When I explained to Judith how I'd made them, and how many I'd made, she made a brilliant comment: 'If you weren't a Quaker, I'd be inclined to think you couldn't be telling the truth...'

It's the truth, Judith. Even I'm staggered by it, and I'm the one who did it!

Well, that's it for this time. I hope to be blogging regularly - I certainly have plenty of news to tell you from this year. See you soon - I promise!



16 comments:

Pyschodelic Elephants said...

you are a superstar!

Barbara said...

I'm so glad to see you blogging again! I checked your blog regularly over the last year and I never doubted that you'd be back sooner or later.

Your hats are amazing!

Barbara

Tola said...

well that is Awesome! it feels good, doesnt it?

Daisy said...

That's amazing! Well done. And nice to see you back again!

Mary Anne said...

Welome back, Heather! Well done with all the lovely knits too.
x

Carol Pack Urban said...

Hi Heather! I'm new to your blog. I popped in from Ravelry as I was looking for free bootie patterns to knit up for my granddaughters!

TL said...

Hello, jus came across your blog! your knits are absolutely cute! :) and u r adorable! xx

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Rev. Dr. MaryEllen said...

Wonderful pics and story about your caring efforts! You go girl!

Sarah said...

I'm so glad you're blogging again! When I realised last year you hadn't posted for yonks, I was worried until I found you active on Twitter. It's obvious now why you were too busy to post! :)

Sarah

Anonymous said...

Excellent job AND they are all so pretty!

littlelixie said...

Do quakers do easter? Just in case - happy easter! From a total atheist who is unashamedly only in it for the chocolate.

Sunshine and Shadows said...

You do beautiful work and made beautiful things happen to bless the lives of others. I love all the colors you ended up with.

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