FO Friday 26.01.18

On Instagram I follow a giveaway account called Yarn4Less. Obviously I signed up originally for the free stuff, but since then I’ve learned what a lovely community it is.

Not only are the people super friendly and supportive of each other, we also use our crafting skills for activism and charity. Right now everyone is making granny squares, to create a blanket for victims of domestic abuse.

Here is my first square:

Of course I’m not just making a regular granny square, that would be far too easy and I love front post/back post stitches too much!

I’m also going to make a second square with alternating rows of regular stitches and fp/bp like this one. I think it’ll make an even more interesting texture.

Then I will get right back to crossing things off my WIP list, honest!

How’s your week been? Finished anything crafty? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 15.09.17

Only one FO this week, as I was ill for a wee bit and just slept the days away.

Well, I suppose technically it’s 6 FOs, isn’t it! These are my daisy squares to be sent down in time for the crochet-a-thon in October.

They’re so quick and fun to make, even if you’ve only got a spare 20 minutes you could whip one up. So if at all possible please consider making some daisies for Vicky, or buy a raffle ticket to win one of the finished blankets. It’s all for a good cause 🙂

I’m determined to get Squirtle finished up next, so I’ve made a deal with myself: for every part I sew onto Squirtle, I get to knit 2 rows of the Seafoam Scarf. I loooove knitting this scarf so I should be super motivated! This Sunday is looking like a blank slate so far so hopefully I should be able to tick this first Christmas present off my list. Wish me luck!

Who’s got some FOs to share? Got any yarny plans for the weekend?

Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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My first octopus

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Photo from My Nomad Home

You may have seen or heard about these preemie octopi. Octopods. Octopussies. Whatever the plural is.

They started off in Denmark, where a study found that babies in incubators did a lot better with an octopus friend –  the tentacles remind them of the umbilical cord, and baby can grab onto them instead of pulling at any vital wires. They also help lower baby’s heart rate, provide companionship, and all sorts of other good things.

Of course I wanted to join in straight away. Combining crafts with helping people is one of my favourite things in the world! But at the time there were no UK hospitals accepting the octopoms, so I filed the idea away for later and got on with other things.

Fast forward to this week, and an email went round saying the wife of one of my colleagues had given birth 8 weeks early. Baby was okay, but would be living in an incubator for a wee while.

Ding! went the lightbulb above my head.

Enough time has passed that some Scottish hospitals will now allow an octopus in with incu-babies, and (I figured) even if this particular hospital won’t allow it, baby can still have it when he gets out.  So here we have my first ever preemie octopus, Oliver:

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Isn’t he the cutest!

I had a brief look over this pattern, decided I didn’t quite like the shape of the body, and went off and did my own thing. I think it turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself!

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Making friends

Oliver will be handed over to his new family next week, so I’ll have to wait and see what they think of him. In the meantime…. I’ve had a thought.

There are a few Etsy shops I like that offer a charity matching option, for example you buy a blanket for yourself and the shop donates a blanket to a hospice.

What do you all think of Quiet Water offering this with preemie octopodes (obviously I will learn the correct plural term before setting it up)? You get a cute little curly wurly octopus and I send one to a hospital that will accept them, to help a little baby feel better.

What do you think? Would you go for Oliver with an added bonus? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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