My group, Knit 4 Charities, publishes a calendar of monthly charities and the items they require. When I first joined, I had a quick squiz and loosely picked out one to aim for - one that was far off into the future enough to give me plenty of time to learn how to knit and crochet the items.
Thanks to a friend who had been posting pics of her charity scarves, I thought I’d follow suit. But I’d never made a scarf before – it was my largest piece of work yet. I was only making one scarf, but her goal was 15! I marvelled at her speed and she said she’d be working at every opportunity.
So far I’d crocheted in public sitting in at piano lessons, and in cafes over a cuppa. So then I accelerated and started crocheting in places like standing at the bus stop. Very easy to do with backpack (basket, cloth bag) worn on the front holding the yarn.
|Girl Knitting Albert Anker|
You’d be amazed how many rows flew by on the bus, waiting at traffic lights. And the 10 metres before my bus stop when I considered finishing, but pushed on to see how much more would get done.
The best thing about working on the bus was a fellow passenger who started talking to me about crochet. I’d read about Craftivists using public making as a way of opening dialogue, so this was a delightful thing to experience.
|photo: Richard Hamm|
Seeing me crochet brought back memories for her – of family traditions, crocheting baby blankets. How all her children cuddled them whenever they were poorly. And that they still treasure them as adults. About her own crochet and what she use to make. It was lovely to hear her brief stories and I felt warm that I had brought something to her day.