I knit a bit and make hats on the round plastic looms – occasionally, but I’ve decided to learn to crochet – I had crocheted an edging on a knit bikini about 40 years ago and that is it!
I played with the yarn the other day, my friend gave me one tip and I managed to make a tiny square to practice. I relaxed. I had fun trying. Perhaps, the time is just right.
The real reason I want to learn, though, is to ReVise and ReVitalize my life – start giving more – and relax at the same time. How? By teaching myself a simple skill that will allow me to make a few squares for Share A Square! If you aren’t sure what Share A Square is, just click here for Shelly Kneupper Tucker’s FAQ page on how you can help or here on the Facebook page where she posts regularly to update on how many squares have been sent in so far.
Today I waded through video after video on YouTube. I found a few that were quite helpful. The two below are the ones I decided to follow along with, I like the camera angles on these – I can see what they are doing.
There are so many others out there! So much can be learned via YouTube.
Wish me luck! But, more importantly, please pass on the links for Share A Square – after you have read them!
it brings warmth -
and timeless safety
from the cold reality
(of the moment).
They may need safety a bit longer
watch them wear afghan capes in battle,
fly afghan flags of victory,
huddle beneath afghan tents
and shine flashlights
toward the ceiling
in awe at their created patterns
that rival stars dancing above
a dark country road
tomorrow they may just toss it aside
though first, I’d bet,
they will wear a crooked grin
and drape it over someone’s BIG cold feet
for what better way can one child thank so many people
than simply to spread the warmth.
Marcia McLees Bogaert
This poem was originally posted on my poetry blog, MeeAugraphie, in 2008, inspired by This Eclectic Life (Shelly’s) orchestrated drive to gather squares from crafters for her first Share A Square project to provide special afghans for children battling diseases who were attending camp.
Why am I sharing it with you on this blog, two years plus later?
Because so many of us (myself included to a point) may overlook that an afghan can be more than just something to keep cold from chilling bones… There is more to this project than just a simple afghan. These are special, the sheer number of people involved in EACH afghan alone is special, the tags, and the children’s delight in just those are enough in and of themselves… combined.
Those involved could get goosebumps…. the good kind.
You will be so happy you did. And so will the children.
Note: updated to add link to Facebook!
Then please, crochet a simple 6 inch square or several. Share A Square is creating afghans for three different camps, as Shelly puts it, “to blanket kids fighting cancer with our love.”
if you don’t crochet there are other ways to get involved. The simplest is to share the project information with others.
Please read about it here: Share A Square 2010.
Such a simple way to bring a smile to a child’s face.
My other feelings on peace were best expressed in these two posts and the acrostic below:
Click on the Globe to be taken to the Official Site of Blogblast for Peace.. Peace is spreading – but it needs you, too.
Marcia McLees Bogaert
I have some, yes, but am phasing them out – all of them, home and RV. Why when they are so energy efficient?
Mercury. Wait! Don’t rush off because it is so little and you have been told it doesn’t make a difference if it is disposed of properly!
Think about how many bulbs are broken by tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes each year? Or lamps tossed without thinking after a flood?
I don’t need to do the math for you. And I doubt many people have even thought of this.
We are converting most lights to LEDs – they have changed – much better light produced than they were in previous years. They are cooler and no mercury.
Yes, they are expensive – I won’t go on that rant right now.