I did not particularly enjoy myself over the last few weeks. Packing up an entire household is not what I call fun.
Boy, am I glad that is behind us.
For days and days on end I was not able to play with yarn and knit. So when we arrived back in San Francisco last Tuesday, I grabbed my little wooden basket filled with kidsilk haze yarn and started to knit poppies.
I haven’t stopped knitting my poppies ever since. I am on a mission…
Poppies of Endearment
A few months ago, my friend Jenni had made a beautiful display for the yarnshop Closeknit in Portland; she decorated several branches with lots and lots of poppies.
It sure was a pleasure for the eye those sweet little colorful knitted flowers… I wish I had taken a picture!
Then, on a sunny afternoon, I took the branches with poppies home with me and as I walked down the street something remarkable happened.
Every single person I encountered on my way would stop me and literally go gaga over the poppies! Even this rough looking guy walked straight up to me and caressed the poppies.
Right there and then I realized : these little knitted poppies have the power to endear. And I knew I had to do something with that…
Poppies with an endearing message
For the next few days I am going to knit at least a hundred poppies. I already knitted 50 in all kinds of colors.
When I have knitted one hundred poppies, I am going to set them free in the streets of San Francisco with a little message attached to them.
This message will be an affirmation, a poem, a saying. This message has to convey something sweet, encouraging, inspiring. And last but not least, this message has to be written in my own words.
I will leave the poppies with message attached randomly in neighborhoods. On a bike, on a doorknob, on a bench, attached to a fence, in nooks and crannies, in somebody’s mailbox, in restrooms, on branches.
I hope that the finder will be endeared. I hope that the finder will smile. I hope that the finder will melt.
Because we need that feeling of endearment… We need to let our guards down every once in a while and I hope that these little poppies will disarm and endear.
Thank you for reading and until the next entry!
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