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5000 Poppies Challenge

I know it's been months since I've touched base with you all. Honestly work just gets in the way of life doesn't it! BUT I have been keeping busy and I have a few new things I want to share with you shortly. Firstly though I want to share with you an event coming up.

I became a member of Trove in August this year. A collective of artists, designers and makers local to the Canberra region. If you are near Canberra I highly recommend you pop in and check out our store.

Create with Trove is a free monthly get together on the first Saturday of each month. It's a great opportunity to craft, chat and meet other crafters and of course no craft event is complete without tea and bickies (on the house).

I host this event every second month. This month we're doing something a little different. With remembrance day coming up I will be hosting Create with Trove's contribution to the 5000 poppies 2018 poppy appeal challenge.

If you haven't heard of the 5000 poppy challenge, use this link and read a little more about this amazing project. This community project aims to create approx. 62,000 poppies. Each poppy is in honour of the fallen soldiers of WWI. These poppies can either be knitted or crocheted, the finished poppies will be placed on stems and planted in Canberra on Remembrance Day 2018.

To help contribute to this challenge, Morris and Sons have kindly donated several balls of their beautiful Estate yarn for us to use. We have limited numbers of balls so please register your interest early to not miss out!

These are a couple of my little treasures. I whipped 4 up on a drive from Sydney to Canberra, so they're super easy. The written patterns are simple to follow and you only need a to know a few basic stitches.

Patterns will be available for both the knitted and crocheted techniques, or head over to the poppies page and download the free patterns.

Please bring your own hook or knitting needles, these won't be supplied. With the Estate yarn, I've used a 4mm hook on these flowers, with only a small amount of yarn required for each flower, you'll be able to make several from a ball. This is also a great project for any scrap yarn in your stash.

All finished flowers can be left, along with my own I will drop these off at the war memorial drop off point. Please feel free to take left over yarn home and keep on creating for this great challenge. Information on where to send/ drop off your items is on the web page.

If you're not a crocheter or knitter, come along anyway!! Like always all crafters of any sort are welcome to come create, chat and sip tea with us.

I just couldn't put this post out without sharing a little of my process, It often takes me several cracks to get a photo right. During my creative fails, a pair of sneaky little hands mix it up and make me check in. She's starting to love yarn as much as I do.

Laugh at yourself and keep creating.

I can't wait to see you all to work and share together towards a common goal.


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