Crafting an NHS rainbow, and more

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Saying ‘THANK YOU’ to the NHS

Still crafting during the lockdown? I hope you are. Here’s my something to show a little gratitude to the NHS. For those readers who know nothing about this, perhaps those not in the UK, many households are encouraging children/others to design a rainbow and hang it in their window, be it a painting, a banner, a collection of stickers, something handmade, anything bright and memorable. Mine is a wobbly attempt at crochet – I am not very proficient – but I thought there was no better time to try to improve on something. Thanks to https://www.kerryjaynedesigns.com for the free pattern.

Across the country every Thursday night at 8pm the nation stands in its streets and clap in appreciation of the NHS. I felt very proud as our family members and neighbours were out there too last night. I live very near to a major hospital, I hope they could hear us. I also know there are several healthcare workers living in the vicinity, you are all very appreciated.

Trying to not think about Covid 19 all the time, I have managed to finish one other project too. This was a stash buster of aran weight yarn (one of my promises to myself – stash bust – perfect opportunity to make inroads right now). I love the way this is constructed, from the start with a square in one corner. I hope you enjoyed seeing progress as I’ve blogged. Finally – ta dah!

That’s all for now. Looking forward to seeing what others make during this bizarre period. A little normality keeps us all sane, hopefully.

A rainbow of hope hangs in my window as the sun shines in

12 thoughts on “Crafting an NHS rainbow, and more

    Dartmoor Yarns said:
    April 17, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Great blanket and I love your little rainbow. Unfortunately you can’t see our windows from the road, so no point making one. I did consider a flag, but don’t think I have enough fabric of every colour needed 😦

      tinaor responded:
      April 17, 2020 at 2:44 pm

      Thank you. I had a friend who said the same – she lives in a little close – didn’t think the neighbour directly over the road would be very interested, sadly. I saw a fabulous display of rainbow balloons yesterday – some people have really gone to town in built up areas!

    handmadeknits said:
    April 17, 2020 at 11:19 am

    I love your rainbow… I might look to see if I can find a knitting one. I’ve got plenty of rainbow yarns after making a rainbow infants blanket a few years ago for a lost but not forgotten infant.
    Well done busting your aran stash 😊 I’m currently reducing my double knit pile making a doggy draught excluder for my parents from a free Amanda Berry online pattern.

      tinaor responded:
      April 17, 2020 at 2:42 pm

      Thank you. I have seen knitted ones on line – you are sure to find one. I used up rainbow yarns, again from my stash, as I made a rainbow through last year. I didn’t realise I had so much left. I could make another lap blanket if I needed to. Good idea re draft excluder. I made one of those years ago, stuffed it with chopped up tights and stockings so it was easily washable – think I used up my stash of tights with ladders at the time!!

        handmadeknits said:
        April 18, 2020 at 7:49 am

        The useless snagged and laddered tights stash is the stuffing plan here too hahaha.. Great minds….

        tinaor responded:
        April 18, 2020 at 2:04 pm

        I was just thinking of resurrecting the idea of using tights again for a toy project I am working on – it’s been a very long time since I worked regularly in an office and have a stash of not worn tights in very unfashionable shades of charcoals and darks. Maybe I will. Depends on how long we are locked down for and whether they’d show through my knitting.

    tierneycreates said:
    April 18, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    Wonderful rainbow!

    quiteayarnblog said:
    April 19, 2020 at 12:38 am

    I love the little rainbow, and your blanket turned out just great! Very nifty graphic aspect to it 🙂 What a nice show of support and appreciation for your NHS workers!

      tinaor responded:
      April 23, 2020 at 11:05 am

      Thank you quiteayarnblog. I have friends who are more supportive, sewing scrubs etc. I applaud their tireless efforts.

    shazza said:
    April 19, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Love the rainbow. I haven’t seen any crochet rainbows in Windows round here, though plenty of pictures. X

    quietwatercraft said:
    May 6, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    I live at the end of a little dead end street with no houses opposite so nobody would see a rainbow in my window, but I’m still really tempted. I would know it’s there if nothing else!
    Your blanket looks gorgeous and squishy and warm. A definite achievement!

    tinaor responded:
    May 7, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    I am not sure how many people actually notice my little rainbow, despite living in a through road – there are bigger displays in other houses!

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