To say this has been an exciting week would be a bit of an understatement. Its been a rollercoaster of thrills really, all based around crochet…
On Thursday I set off for Skipton in North Yorkshire, home of Lucy of Attic24, having hatched a little plan with her and Heather of The Patchwork Heart. As you probably know by now because I’ve talked about nothing else for weeks, I won this gorgeous Spring Flower Blanket, organised by Heather as a community crochet make. Although I won the blanket, I decided to run a charity draw to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care UK. You can still enter the draw until midnight on Thursday 23 April 2015. Find out how to enter here.
The response has been phenomenal and we were close to reaching our £5000 target before I had even ever seen the blanket. Heather and I arranged to meet up in Skipton so that she could hand the blanket over in person, rather than posting it. This was a convenient meeting point that is half way between where we both live – and very conveniently where Lucy of Attic24 has her studio. Lucy very kindly agreed to invite us to the Knit and Natter group that she attends on Friday mornings at Cooper’s coffee shop in Skipton – and blanket was invited too!!
An afternoon in Skipton
After a stop off at a big Samuel Taylor craft shop in Embsay, just outside Skipton, I parked up and walked into town over the canal bridge. It was a grey day but very pleasant and plenty of canal boats were out to add a splash of colour…
The High Street in Skipton is topped by Skipton Castle, which I didn’t have time to visit. Instead I wondered off around the smaller side streets, which are quirky and full of interesting shops…
After a bit of lunch and a bit more window shopping I headed over to the budget hotel where I was staying the night. Of course I went wrong and ended up heading out of Skipton again… when I noticed the hills around me looking very familiar. Lucy at Attic24 often posts a picture of ‘her hill’ from the attic window so this was a good wrong turn to take.
Heather and I were staying at the same hotel so after a bit of feet up and crochet time, there was a knock on my door and there she was, carrying the famous blanket, all hidden away in a box. We took a few photos of me opening it up and it was truly a wonderful thing to see at long last.
An evening treat
After chatting for a while with Heather, which was a great, great pleasure as I have admired her blog and her work for a long time, there was another knock on the door. This time it was Lucy of Attic24; we have met before as I attended one of her workshops last year and she has been very supportive of our charity fundraising effort. She had come to pick us up to walk into Skipton to have a meal and share some wine that evening.
I am sure many people will be green with envy and there were comments on Instagram this week mentioning ‘crochet royalty’. But both Heather and Lucy are so nice I didn’t feel in any way excluded and we all three had a good giggle, a nice meal and chatted away as if we had known each other for years.
Cooper’s Knit and Natter
The next day there was more excitement to come. I was going with Heather to spend the morning at the Knit and Natter group at Coopers Coffee shop in Skipton, where Lucy and several other regulars meet up. We also planned to take some photos of the blanket in Lucy’s studio and post them on social media to give the fundraising a big boost in the last week of the draw. What a lot of fun it all was and it seemed to go by in a blur. I managed to do half a row of ripple and was convinced I had probably gone wrong – but checking later it was alright. I’ll always remember working on that blanket on that morning with such special company. What a happy Friday – possibly the best ever!
After several cups of tea and coffee, we went into Lucy’s studio and put the blanket out on her central table – where it fitted perfectly! The other Cooper’s regulars, including Tracy of Patchwork Chickens, who used to share the studio with Lucy until last autumn, were thrilled to see the blanket and to touch the rich texture of all the different flowers.
Fundraising total goes ballistic!
I got home on Friday afternoon very happy but very tired with the emotion of the whole couple of days! On Saturday morning, just before lunchtime I saw that Lucy had shared the post with the picture of the three of us on her Facebook page and the response was phenomenal. We passed our original £5000 target – and then some. As I write this, the current total is £6251 with another £1000 of Gift Aid to add to that.
Completely amazing. I will be writing up another post this week to explain exactly how the winning ticket will be chosen. I have thought long and hard about this and the method will give every ticket the same fair chance and the process of choosing is going to be totally transparent. With so much money involved, it must be so.
Check out the other blogs on Penny’s link up for more happy moments xxx