There is a wonderful Pass It On Skills group where I live. They organise all sorts of free sessions for local folk from short story writing to beginner’s Spanish – I really must get along to Cake Club soon! For Knit In Public day (June 8th), they’ve organised a session at a local park and we’re going to knit bees to hang on a tree to promote the plight of these amazing creatures.
I thought I’d better get some practice in, so set about making some bees as well as some colourful butterflies to keep them company. There are lots of free patterns on line, but the best bee pattern I could find was by the wonderful Attic 24. The French knots used for the eyes were quite tricky because of the size of the bees, and tiny beads would work well if you have any.
As for the butterflies, they were a joy to crochet too. I made 2 using acrylic double knitting yarn, and 2 using cotton (they’re the slightly smaller ones in the photos). You can find the pattern, by Re-Made by Sam here.
They crochet up in just 3 rounds then you fold them over and tie a row of chain stitches to hold them together.
Once I’d crocheted my bees and butterflies, I needed somewhere for them to live.
I remembered I have my advent poetry tree in the garage and thought that would be ideal. (In case you’re wondering what an advent poetry tree i, every day during advent my lovely husband writes me a little poem and pins it to the tree which is just a few twigs bound together with twine).
In order to hang them, I sewed a loop of ribbon onto the back of them. It was then just a case of showing them their new home!