I work at a University which, like all good Universities, has a healthy and active fundraising campaign. The money we raise funds initiatives such as scholarships, cancer research, new buildings – a diverse range of projects, in other words. It’s often forgotten that universities are *not* public sector institutions like councils or hospitals. They are charitable institutions.
So, one of my colleagues has arranged a Christmas craft fair, and I rashly agreed to make her some things. So the last few evenings have been consumed with knitting/crocheting mug cosies: these are, to my mind, rather pointless things which sit around your mug. Like a tea cosy but, erm, for mugs… Strikes me that the contents of the mug still have enough surface area to cool quickly, and all you’re going to do is spit stuff on the woolly cosy, but whatever… I’ve made a handful for the Uni craft fair, and here are a few of them.
I’ve also made some monsters – I saw something like this at a vintage fair I visited recently, and wondered if they’d be fun to make. I like rag dolls, and not having any very tiny children to cater for just now, I don’t make them very often, but one evening I sat down and knocked up some zip-it monsters. These are quite endearing, wonky creatures. I made another for my nephew’s birthday, yesterday, and it was an instant hit when I gave it to him today.
I also have, as a final offering, a bunch of dammit dolls cut and ready to stitch up. These are silly, ugly, chaotic looking things which come with a label round their necks which reads:
Whenever things don’t go so well,
And you want to hit the wall and yell
Here’s a little dammit doll
That you can’t do without.
You grip it firmly by the legs,
And on the desk you slam it.
And as you bash the stuffing out,
Yell: “Dammit, dammit, DAMMIT!”
So that’s this week’s project…