Communities are being pulled together as they unite in their retreat from one another. Hidden away, then we suddenly reappear and rejoice with solidarity in celebrating our NHS. We open our windows and applaud down the street for the teams of workers who continue to go to work and care for those who fall victim to COVID-19. We clap with huge appreciation of their bravery and commitment to keeping the countries loved ones as safe and healthy as humanly possible. I am proud to be part of this NHS family, and I will continue to support my colleagues and patients through this challenging time.
Bright & Beautiful
Everywhere children are cheering up their windows with wonderful pictures of rainbows, and moods are instantly brightened. The lonely jog, or that cool spring evening stroll, seems surreal traversing near-empty streets, but those cheerful colours bring some happiness and hope.
My daughter has created her own rainbow masterpiece, proudly displayed in our window, and alongside it we have placed her knitted rainbow I had made for her for just over a year ago. Taken temporarily from her bedroom bookshelf, we hope that it will also bring some cheer to those who pass our house.
Spread Some Cheer!
As well as drawing or painting a rainbow, this is also a chance to have a go at knitting. The rainbow knitting pattern is quite simple and so a perfect project for beginners. Although it has some increasing stitches, these are on two rows only, allowing even some younger children to do the majority of the rainbow with just simple garter stitch (all knit, no purl!) And the simplest version of a simple single rainbow without clouds can take as little as 1 hour. So it may be a great little project for your own team effort with the little ones. A great new skill to learn from the land of home-schooling.
A Pot of Gold?
Raising money at this time may be difficult as many struggle financially, but I also wanted to add my bit to help and therefore I have a plea for everyones involvement…
Pick up those knitting needles and knit a rainbow!
If anyone does make their own knitted rainbow please send it to me via the site/email/Facebook. For every person sharing their rainbow (however wonky) I’ll put £1 in the pot to donate to the NHS Charities COVID-19 Urgent Appeal (Although I’m afraid I do have to set a cap at £100 as that’s the maximum I am able to give at the moment). Check out their page for more information, but in a nutshell money goes to support NHS Staff, volunteers and patients impacted by COVID-19. Feel free to donate yourselves too but if you send me a picture of your rainbow I will contribute also.
Together we can raise vital funds!
Contact me to get any new or updated patterns straight to you. Or keep an eye out on the updates section of this website to see the newest creations. Fitting In Knitting is also on Facebook, twitter and Instagram for some sneaky previews of projects as they evolve….
Keep safe at home everyone, and happy knitting!
Total time – from 1 Hour (single rainbow) to 2 Hours 40 Minutes (double with clouds)
Made from one knitted rainbow piece and two knitted cloud pieces. Two separate knitted pieces may be knitted for each rainbow and two separate pieces for each cloud to be sewn together to make a fuller toy version.
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Get some more ideas, see what you will need and follow the patterns to learn exactly how you can make your own… More Knitted Gift Ideas!
I aim to have a new pattern up on the website every few weeks (children and their busy schedules permitting!) and I’ll let you know as soon as the next one is up and ready to go…