I’m very honoured to share with you my very first CAL. A few weeks ago I drew the start of a mandala and tried to crochet it the best I could. It just grew and grew and out of it, Connie’s Ray of Hope was born. The day that I finished making it, an angel grew her wings and wasn’t in anymore pain. Connie Johnson, a mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and inspiration passed after her third battle with cancer. (Click here to read more about Connie.)
I was a late arrival to join the villages of Love Your Sister, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t moved as much as others or inspired to do better with every day life. Reading the posts by her brother Samuel, usually put things back into perspective for me and made me pop my ‘taking it for granted’ bubble I didn’t realise I was living in.
Cancer affects nearly everyone in the world. It sucks and I wish it didn’t exist. It can make you question your beliefs, your way of life and what is important to you. I don’t speak first hand in this matter but I feel that through Sam’s posts and Connie’s messages I was able to be a part of it and in return show my support.
So Connie’s Ray of Hope isn’t just a crochet-along. It’s about a group of ‘villages’ coming together to make something special and at the same time bring awareness of not only breast cancer, but all cancers and make sure we are looking after ourselves.
I’m running this CAL for free with the hope that you will be able to donate some money raise funds for cancer research (a minimum of $2 can help make a difference) AND that you check your boobs (follow this link to see how) no matter who you are. So really paying $2 for a CAL that raises awareness about cancer and looking after yourself isn’t that bad.
So for those of you with social media such as Instagram and Facebook where you can share your creations, I urge you to please use the hashtags #conniesrayofhope and #loveyoursister #cancersucks. This way others can follow you and join in on your journey of making something special.
In the next few days I will be posting about information about the CAL, the yarn and rings you’ll need and what’s what with stitches etc. At this rate, I’m aiming for an approximate start of the CAL in late October, to make sure that everyone can get the yarn and rings in time.
Till then, check your boobs and look after yourself.
Before I get started with all the mumble jumble side of things, I want to let you know about the Facebook Group I have for this Crochet-Along and other ones in the future too. If you haven’t already joined, I recommend you do so that you can post in there (questions, concerns, beautiful photos) and … Continue reading CAL Information
Welcome to Part ONE of Connie’s Ray of Hope. With this crochet-along being my first, you may find things a little different to other cals you’ve participated in. I hope it all makes sense and is smooth sailing for you all, but most importantly I hope you have fun that this crochet along raises … Continue reading CAL – Part ONE
Welcome to the second week of our crochet along. How did you go with part one? I really hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. So are you ready to get down to business with part two then? Ok that’s great! BUT this CAL came about after the passing of Connie Johnson, if … Continue reading CAL – Part TWO
I am so lucky to have such wonderful testers who usually are available at the drop of a hook ;). This is a little thank you to them as well as informing you of their colour choices and brands. Courtney, Natasha, Jess and Narelle were my amazing testers for this crochet-along and they made outstanding … Continue reading Tester’s Connies and their colours
Oh my goodness!! Can you believe you’re now about to crochet the last part of our crochet-along? I know it’s only a short cal but I have loved watching all of your creations grow. So we are in the third and final week of Connie’s Ray of Hope. You checked yourself in Part One, and … Continue reading CAL – Part THREE