Trying to give a little back is something that I have always wanted to make sure is an integral part of M&M, hence our monthly charity sessions. Last month in May I got to take it one step further. When I heard that the BBC programme DIY SOS needed some crochet help for a project being undertaken just outside Arundel I was more than happy to see if I could rise to the challenge. An extra large ripple blanket was needed in just under three weeks. A tall order for any keen crochet enthusiast, let alone one working full time and trying to prepare to move her business premises.
It might sound cheesy but it was more than just a crochet project.. staying up late to get the minimum of number of rows completed each day gave much time for thinking. The site was being completed in just 10 days and, as always, the work was being undertaken completely by volunteers. As the build started I was lucky enough to meet some of the family and take them through a little crafting at our studio in Hassocks. Such lovely girls and a chance to meet Interior Designer Sophie Robinson, known for her involvement with The Great British InteriorDesgin Challenge among other things. It was a little daunting but the crew were lovely, kept it all very relaxed and made it feel far more natural than I had imagined. However, nothing could have prepared me for my day at the site at the end of the project. To go down and join with everyone else that had been involved was quite something. To see hundreds of people come together to help someone that, in most cases, they did not even know was really very touching. For the family this was a life changing experience.
During May I was not at the top of my game, as they say. The crochet project was very absorbing, taking nearly 4 hours a day to complete, and sadly things did slip a little. I have the most wonderful support around me though, at home and at work, and with their help I came through the other side. A huge thanks to them all. It was honestly one of the best things that I have done in my life. I can't show many pictures of the project until after the programme is aired but I can show you the cheesy pic of me with the team!