Octo pledge 2019 January Donations

Wowza – it’s been a whole year since my first donation to OFAPUK. Doesn’t time fly? Today I am checking in to share with you the Octo’s I donated in January.

There’s a total of 4 this month, using the scraps of no less than 6 balls of yarn. And here is how they did, Clockwise from top left:

1. Preemie

2. Preemie

3. Went to an Angel. I knew this would be the case as soon as I stuffed it – There were so many holes in it it made no sense to sew them up as in the same time I could have made another! This was the first time I used Scheepjes Sunkissed for Octo’s, (I was using the leftovers from my laptop case) and I think my hook was a little too big. Next time, I will use a 2mm and see how that goes.

4. Preemie

#Octopledge 2018 July Donation

Hi all! Another busy month and yet again, I totally didnt notice july passing until it was 2/3rds of the way done! So its another small batch from me this month. 

These two lovely little flatties were made using Drops Love You 8 and a 3mm hook. I love how vibrant they are.

And the good news is they both went to preemies! Another month with all passes, even though it is only a small batch. 

My co-ordinator will be on holiday for the last week of August, so for Augusts donation I will need to get started earlier! Time to get cracking!

WIP Wednesday (07/06/17)

Ok. So I am a day late again. Whoopsie. I just came off of a 7 day streak of night shifts so yesterday when I finished I was so tired I couldnt even work out how to turn the computer on. You may or may not know that the main function of my job in the railway industry is in security, specifically terrorism prevention, and yes, I was working during the latest attack in london. That night was both physically and mentally exhausting being that my station is so close to the attack. We had to be on our guard all night and as more and more news came to us from the police it looked more and more like it was coming our way. But it didnt and for that I am grateful. I am also terribly sorry for the people who lost their life those who were injured or even just affected by the event. But please be assured people like me and my colleagues as well as the emergency services are working to keep you safe every day and whilst we cant always prevent attacks we do help to stop many and keep the risk of attack as low as it can be by not giving them the opening they need.

Anyways, back to subject, I am completely exhausted but over the course of this week I did manage to make some good progress on my 3rd Battersea Doggy Blanket. 

I have managed another 32 rows, which is pretty good progress. Thats more than 4 rows a day. 

Since Saturday nights attack and also the Manchester attack it can be easy to feel down on the world, but I figured something – I was sat there crocheting this blanket at about 2am, and I decided that the only way we can stand up to terrorism is to not only support the victims but to show kindness ad compassion every day in as many ways as we can. I already donate money on a monthly basis to Mind and Cats Protection and I regularly make clothing donations to BHF. But I should and could do more. Making these doggy blankets for battersea has really motivated me and made me feel good. So I think I should continue making more things for charity. So if any of you have any charitable crochet project suggestions, leave me a comment. I really want to do more to contribute my skills to those in need.