Its celebrated in South Africa with the call to make things better. Some people commit to volunteering for 67 minutes (the length of years of public service Mandela gave). I shall continue to crochet squares for one of the 500 children who are orphaned by AIDS in Southern Africa every day. If you are a crafter and have some stash do think of doing one. Info here. All you need to do is make an 8 ” square crochet/knitted/loomed with a 18 inch tail to help sewing and post it out there. If you live in Edinburgh contact me I’m happy to post out squares. Above is a blanket sewn up with 30 or so squares I sent to SA in the last month.

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Big Brother Voice: Dayee 6 of the lurgy… I’ve essentially spent 6 days mostly in the barracks either throbbing (infected hand) stomach aching and worse due to the reaction to the antibiotics I’ve been put on. Most of the time I’ve been lying around feebly crocheting and knitting (Sanquhar experiment) watching Foyles War and doing MARATHON whingeing to friends.

The one thing that cheered me up enormously was watching this awesome piece of yarn bombing move though the digital sphere this week – finally even making it to old styleee analogue media like The Scotsman, Evening News and further afield. As a city this is just the latest in a serious of heinous scandals which have basically been allowed to go on. Since the yarn bomb a public enquiry has been announced. Time will tell if this is a public enquiry whitewash or not. But after 7 years of watching this tram crash unfold and mess up my home city I’m not exactly optimistic about the strength of our democratic institutions or the rule of law. It appears that an underground craft group can do more to articulate the rage this city feels about this issue than normal party politics or even our local media.




I made this baby blanket a while ago – part of a mad idea to sell them online and realising no one would be prepared to pay for a 100% wool blanket and my time. I’ve unpicked the squares and made it into a single blanket size. Picture soon. Once the upscaled blanket has its border finished it will be sent to Knit-a-Square in South Africa to warm an orphan.


P1060391P1060390P1060389P1060388A few months ago Granny Greens the craft group I belong to organised a mni yarn crawl. We started with the delightful Ginger Twist on London Road. Where I bought wool to make socks (still in progress!). Ginger Twist is cozy but packed with wonderful yarn, including yarn dyed right here in Edinburgh. Its open 7 days a week and the owner is wonderfully knowledgable for the novice knitter who needs guidance about patterns. She also runs a craft group which meets at Safari Lounge along from the shop on mondays alas! when Granny Greens meets.




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