The Welcome Blanket Project aims to connect people already living in the United States residents with our country’s new immigrants through stories and handmade blankets, providing both symbolic and literal comfort and warmth.
There are many reasons that we crochet in bed – from the joy of relaxing there to the necessity of finding something productive and creative to do when stuck on bed rest. Helaas, it is common to lose crochet hooks and notions in the bed, something annoying for the able-bodied and worse for those with physical limitations. Chetnanigans helps solve the problem with the smart, simple solution of a bedside organizer.
I’m loving this historic episode of To Tell The Truth where we meet male crochet champion Bill Lyons.
There are many organizations and crafters sending crochet blankets, toys and clothing to people in Syria. Karen Kirk wanted to do something different to help the Syrian refugees temporarily housed at camps in Greece. She wasn’t sure what skills she could offer but she went to Greece to do her best, and it turned out that crochet skills and supplies were something she could contribute.
Artist Annie Hsiao Weng was impacted by her own travel experience and decided to do something about it. “The plastic sea turtle was made in the hope that it will bring attention to the issues sea turtles and other sea life endure every day as we continue to pollute our oceans with plastics and much much more.”
I was particularly thrilled to see the interview with Nadia Fuad of YARNutopia who shared how crochet helped her cope with illness.
Sheila Pepe was one of the very first crochet artists that I profiled on this blog more than five years ago. She is giving a talk today about her work at East Tennessee State University, so I thought it was a great time to revisit what she does. Her work is definitely relevant to issues affecting society today.