For this years Remembrance Day I had been toying with the idea of yarn bombing poppies around the town, or creating some form of art installation, so I started carrying my red yarn with me wherever I went, and crocheting lots and lots of poppies.

I photographed a few of them together, and put the photo up on both my personal, and my Meg&Millie pages on Facebook. A friend, Clarrie – of Blue Earthworm – asked if I was selling them, so I said I could add a brooch back to one for her, and would ask for a donation which would be given to the British Legion.

I began to get more people asking if they could buy them, so I decided that for this year I would leave the arty ideas alone and instead I would see how much I could raise with them. I asked people to share my photos, and before long I had orders for way more poppies than I had made, I had to order more brooch backs as I’d used every last one, my fingers ached, and I probably could have made them in my sleep, but I was so pleased that when I’d sold the final one, I had raised £161 for the RBL, all out of a couple of balls of yarn from my stash, and buttons from my rather vast collection!

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