sketch by the Edinburgh Sketcher
After our adventures putting up Bobby’s blanket on Friday morning and displaying the square anaconda we were really gratified by the response to our event. We got coverage in blogs and even The Herald newspaper! However the last sighting of Bobby’s blanket was at 11pm on Friday by a Granny Greener who made a special detour to check on it. Now it may be warming the neck of a student or even a rugby fan who got a bit over enthusiastic over Friday night… but today there has been snow and hail in Edinburgh. Bobby looks distinctly cold. Please return his blanket. If you are too short to append it back around him, please pass to the staff at the Red Squirrel Bar on Lothian Road and we can pick it up when we next meet.
On Friday I’m transporting 500 squares to the Grayfriars Bobby statue on George IV Bridge. This is the culmination of two and a half months of dedicated crocheting and knitting to make squares for Knit-a-Square a South African charity which works to warm some of the 1 900 000 orphans in South Africa and raise awareness of the issue. They ask the crafters of the world to send 8 inch squares where volunteers make them into blankets. Many of the orphans are HIV positive and as it is an auto immune disease keeping warm helps their ability to stay well
If you are in town at 11am do come to our photocall we’d love to see as many local knitters and crafters. Feel free to knit at Bobby’s paws.
I could imagine this strung across the window of Anthropolgie.. it is however 295 8″ squares knitted or crocheted for Knit-A-Square by my craft group Granny Greens. We’ve committed to 375 squares to make the height of Grayfriars Bobby statue. I think as Morag Deans squares are quite thick we’re probably at the right height. But keep the squares coming! Knit-A-Square makes the squares into blankets for Aids orphans – and the 375 would make nearly 12 blankets which would be great. As these children live mostly in shacks without insulation it’s incredibly cold in the South African winter and in the Highveld the temperatures can drop below freezing in winter.
Finally managed to get this picture of a granny square blanket I gave as a present to a friend over from dropbox. The really bright colours are tapestry skeins (Anchor mostly) the dullness of dk colours is a great bugbear of mine.
This book was bought some months ago in Castle Douglas what a gem! Published by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes – edited by Mavis Fitzrandolph, features an introduction by the Countess of Abermale and a very trenchant essay on design by Hebe Cox.
“WE should always avoid dishonesty in our designs – wallpaper printed to resemble linen-folded panelling, celluosed cloth embossed to imitate the grain of leather, electric light fittings shaped like wax candles (sometimes even with a drip of wax running down the side!) or plastics coloured to look like wood veneer (which are frequently seen on the cases of wireless sets). That class of ornamentation which consists of making one material look like another is merely silly. Ornament should grow out of the form of the thing decorated and should emphasise rather than detract from its nature. For example the decoration on a plate should take account of its roundness. A plate with a square pattern put on it haphazardly, or with a design of horizontal stripes running right across it, would be rather worrying, would not look well, and would make it very easy to miss putting food squarely on it.”
Oh dear cannot but think its a good thing that Hebe has perhaps missed hipster ceramacists which I suspect somewhere on Etsy are committing many such design solecisms.
Pile of 22 squares made by Granny Greeners and brought to our gathering in the Red Squirrel. We’re trying to get local crafters to knit or crochet 8 inch squares to the height of Grayfriars Bobby. We hope that will be enough squares to make 12 blankets to warm AIDS orphans in South Africa – more information here at Knit-a-Square.