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 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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