Scrap Happy February

A bit late this month – Sorry! I should have written and posted this yesterday but I chose to spend the afternoon sewing instead as I had an idea busting to get out!

A few weeks ago a local facebook friend who used to work for an International Aid Agency shared a post from a former colleague. Yaina was shortly going to visit a project in Sierra Leone where the agency supports an orphanage and she wanted to take glove puppets for the children. There was a picture of a couple she had made and the pattern. She wanted to see if other people would make some for her and my fb friend Helen said she was happy to collect and send on any people round here could make. It seemed such a simple way to help and I have scrap yarn so I set to work. Unfortunately when I took them round to Helen I was in a rush to go on to a meeting so I shoved them through the door and drove off. Unbeknownst to me it was the right house but the wrong letterbox and by the time we had sorted that out it was too late to get them off to Africa. Ever resourceful, Helen sent her friend a video of the puppets explaining that they had missed their flight but would come next time!

She tells me that the orphanage has 40 children but another 100 are fostered and attend the school – that is a lot of puppets that could find a good home. I may have to – GULP – buy some more yarn! Now where did I put those needles?

Scrap Happy is hosted by Kate and Gun on the fifteenth (or thereabouts for disorganised people like me!) of each month. Do see what my fellow scrappers have been up to – it is a great source of inspiration.

Kate, Gun, Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley, Dawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, and Pauline

If these links again fail to work (I have had problems in the past) you can find them all by going to Kate’s post and following the links there – it will be well worth the effort!

19 thoughts on “Scrap Happy February

  1. tialys February 17, 2020 / 1:04 pm

    What a lovely scrappy project.

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    • Going Batty in Wales February 19, 2020 / 10:32 am

      Than you. They were fun to make and I hope will bring great pleasure to children who have so little

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  2. nanacathy2 February 17, 2020 / 1:25 pm

    Warms the cockles of my heart, a perfect project.

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    • Going Batty in Wales February 19, 2020 / 10:32 am

      It warmed mine too!

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  3. Laurie Graves February 17, 2020 / 2:20 pm

    Oh, too bad about putting those utterly adorable puppets in the wrong letter box! But those puppets will keep and will eventually find their way to some child’s warm hand.

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    • Going Batty in Wales February 19, 2020 / 10:31 am

      Helen assures me they will go next time and that many more will be welcome. I knew she lived next door to a friend of mine who I have visited many times but I had never actually been to her house before. Like many old cottages the inside has been re-arranged to suit modern life so the old front door is no longer used. Next time I will make sure I have time to actually call on Helen and give them to her!

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  4. katechiconi February 17, 2020 / 5:43 pm

    Love these! A really good use for scrap yarn… and if you have to buy more, well, that’ll generate its own set of leftovers, won’t it?

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    • Going Batty in Wales February 19, 2020 / 10:28 am

      I keep thinking I have got to the bottom of the scrap yarn box and then have to buy another ball to finish a scrappy project and so it goes on!

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      • katechiconi February 19, 2020 / 3:40 pm

        We scrap users are perpetual motion machines… One day, you’ll have exactly the right amount to finish something, though!

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      • Going Batty in Wales February 24, 2020 / 10:53 am

        I’m not sure if I really want that to happen if I am honest! I NEED my scrap collection to keep me invening new ways of using it. Also I don’t then feel guilty for spending on new stuff! Actually looking for soem fabric the other day I realised that my yarn stash may be shrinking but I have enough fabric to keep me busy for a couple of decades I think!

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      • katechiconi February 24, 2020 / 7:25 pm

        I know what you mean about scraps stopping you buying new stuff!

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  5. anne54 February 18, 2020 / 3:36 am

    How delightful, and so simple. I know that kids love puppets, no matter where they live.

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    • Going Batty in Wales February 19, 2020 / 10:27 am

      Apart from the girls hair which is tricky until you get your head round the pattern they are easy to knit. I suspect the children hve very little and there will not be space for loads of toys but these take up very little room and allow imaginations to get to work.

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  6. tidalscribe February 24, 2020 / 11:37 pm

    Such a simple idea, but glove puppets give children a voice perhaps or control over their own little kingdom of characters.

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    • Going Batty in Wales February 25, 2020 / 12:24 pm

      I think you are right Janet. Small, comfortable, comforting and a springboard for the imagination – all in a simple and cheap package.

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