since 7 february so many people in the craft blogosphere have rallied to raise money, to think of what we as knitters, sewers, quilters, felters, spinners, all sorts of creators can do, to bring comfort and to do something tangible when we feel so helpless.
i have started by going through my stash for the restash a crafter project being coordinated by suzie via www.handmadehelpsout.blogspot.com and through groups such as scquilters. but digging through the stash wasn't enough - i needed something more personal, something handmade by me.
so i have made:
- the first flush of pincushions
- and a monster bear (no pattern, i just traced around one of w's baby toys) that i cut out and stitched during this morning's national day of mourning service (which was wonderful)
- and a toy kitty using one of amy karol's patterns. the pattern is well written and very straight forward but the process reminded me of how much i don't like making toys - too much precision and fiddle faddle! so it was a real labour of love.(i just realised the thing i loathe about making toys is the turning bits inside out, especially limbs. so kitty remains unadorned - i'm not sure whether i'll embroider eyes, nose etc or not. i rather like the simplicity of no features but don't want it to look unfinished)
the orange and blueberry cupcakes were eaten and the remainder put in the freezer before i remembered the camera