I’m about 2/3rds into finishing a blanket for knit-a-square… I bought the wool in Cambridge (Sew Creative on Kings Parade has a very good sale on !) I’ve been crocheting away for a week – not the pic above – blog is being odd and refusing to upload new pics. Today I shambled out with my recycling went to get life essentials loo roll and milk and have spent the ENTIRE day with the hook and yarn. I’m making a blanket I’m calling African Sun. I was very busy over the weekend doing work preparing stuff for this week and socialising so a day of deep engagement with one thing has been bliss. Off to see Derek Jarman’s The Tempest and a bit of crafting later at Granny Greens.
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.
It is one of those thoughts that flit past – how good it would be to be more in touch, especially with people not on social media.
So how to translate this into an action and habit?
- Gather supplies Get stamps in advance of writing, which cover the cost of where ever you are most likely to send cards. I find that if you write cards and then intend to buy stamps the written cards tend to migrate towards dark corners of handbags or finding places to lurk on the desk and are finally discovered weeks or months later.
- Keep your address book / stamps / cards on you at all times. This means that you can use spare moments. Waiting for a friend or waiting to catch a train catching up with correspondence instead of checking facebook. Make an effort to gather snail mail addresses in one place.
- Write postcards not letters. Ditch the thought you will write long literary screeds (ripe for publication later) Instead start with the postcard. It’s the analogue equivalent of the email or text but nicer. If you start writing a card which you realise that you need to elaborate further – just write a series of postcards labelled 1 of 1, 1of 2 etc.
- Finding cards. Once you have the intention they will start to pop up. Galleries, museums, stationary shops, advertising can be re-purposed. Its good to start looking for particular cards for particular people. Portraits of 18th C dogs for dog people. I also sometimes buy books of cards (they often work out cheaper).
- Reasons to write. Become super polite and revive the art of sending thank you cards, or just ‘I saw this and thought of you’
- Be creative. I’ve sent a series of postcards in the run up to someone’s birthday. Just calculate the average delivery time in your area and work your way backwards. I once wrote a card every day for a year for a friend battling a brain tumour.
- Get a box where you can throw supplies into when not in your bag so when you do want to write it’s again – easy.
- No pressure – writing has its seasons and its reasons
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