As it is February, I am going to show you a little heart that I’ve been busy crocheting for several months now.
I can complete a heart in a matter of five minutes or so and the amount of yarn used is perfect for that leftover yarn that ends up in a small ball you don’t know what to do with. Hopefully now, you can make some of these charity hearts.
Seemingly on accident, and I don’t believe in coincidence, I stumbled across a small crocheted heart pattern. That pattern led me to find out about the Peyton Heart Project.
From The Peyton Heart Project’s website:
Their goal is to raise awareness about suicide and bullying. They also have a mission to help end the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
The project is named after Peyton James, a 13-year-old boy who, in the fall of 2014, died by suicide after years of being bullied. We know far too well what the negative effects of bullying are on a child and how difficult it can be to believe that it will ever get better. Far too often, bullying leads to depression, self-harm and even suicide.
Essentially, caring, anonymous people around the world make small hearts through their talents and gifts from yarn, and disperse them around their communities.
I am one of those crafters/crocheters. The bits and pieces of left over yarn from projects are now being used to make these little hearts, as well as skeins of yarn that don’t have a named project for.
I am no different than any-other-crocheter, but unlike some, I do appreciate my anonymity. I create these hearts and place them on running trails, at coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores and craft stores alike in the city I live in.
People need to know that they are loved.
I believe people need to know that there is something greater than themselves and perhaps, in a small way, when one of these little hearts is found, the recipient feels that love that he or she might be longing for.
I may never know who they are – but I hope that a little small act of kindness and love will brighten his or her day and let them know that they have so much to live for.
The Peyton Heart Website has all the info for the tags and links to patterns.
You can see my hearts on Ravelry as well.
Gauge is not necessarily important. I use a size H hook to make my hearts but I tend to be a loose-stitch crocheter.
The Painted Hinge website has the pattern so please look at her website or the Ravelry links listed above.
Here are a few photos from my work, and I add the prepped tags after the hearts are complete.
I’ve explained suicide to my 10-year old and 6 -year old, and both of them are on board with spreading hearts in our community.
As I look forward to Valentines Day with my family, I am thankfully and graciously remembering how blessed I am to just have them here with me.
Thanks for reading and please be a part of the solution.