Afghans for Project Linus
Crocheters assembled onto Celebrity Silhouette with us for the Annual Crochet Cruises in March 2016. Together we made 61 afghans between the two ships which benefited Project Linus and a couple other smaller charities / locations.
We will be putting together a video on the assembly process and much more to show you the behind the scenes of what happened on the ship between the two cruises.
With our cruises, we enjoy a charitable element to not forget that not everyone has a chance to go onto a cruise ship to do crochet workshops and enjoy other crocheters in a ‘yarnia’ sort of environment. So we feel it’s our honour, which is a sense of obligation, to do our part to help those who need it.
For our Project Linus Workshops, crocheters are asked ahead of time to show up on the ship with a dedicated pattern of squares. Each crocheter tries to do a minimum of 1 panel that is 3 x 3 squares. There are 4 panels that make up 1 afghan. Some crocheters are so enthusiastic that they show up with more panels to share the love. So in a room of nearly 100 crocheters, it’s why we end up with more afghans done.
On opening night on the cruise ship, we kicked off the Project Linus Social Mixer. It allows people to sit with others and get to know strangers on the ship. So what happens if a crocheter’s tension is off compared to their table? They simple get up and find other ‘like minded tension’ crocheters in the room so they can create an afghan that looks great. Our afghans are colourful where crocheters can stash bust. Some crocheters like to theme up their squares for something meaningful. Either way, we all win with afghans that benefit those who are in need.
On the final sea day, we assemble together as a group at 7:30 am on the ship. Before the major population wakes up so we can film and photograph the final results in the public spaces. It’s pretty fun. Crocheters get up early, even on their vacation in order to be part of the activity so they can appear in photographs and videos. They realize the charitable element and put their own needs second. It’s pretty remarkable.
The afghan in the middle completed by Kevin Price, assistant teacher on board with us, will be heading to Project Linus National in just a couple weeks for their convention. You just never know where you creativity will end up and who will be benefiting from your charitable acts of kindness.
So stay tuned for videos and behind the scenes pictures of what we did to make this possible. For charity, all it takes is one person to be passionate and inspire others to follow. If we all wait for others to be the leader, charity would never be possible.
To get these off the ship, crocheters who are part of charities, including Project Linus, take them with them and give them to their local chapters.