This morning Edinburgh ‘Craft-ivists’ wrapped Greyfriars Bobby in a crocheted shawl, to highlight the plight of African orphans.
Local craft group Granny Greens handmade 500 blanket squares – the height of the Grayfriars Bobby statue, which will now be posted to Johannesburg in South Africa where the charity Knit-a-Square will get local volunteers to sew blankets for orphans. Many of the orphans are also infected with HIV AIDS – as it is an auto immune disease keeping warm helps their ability to stay well.
Knit-a-Square has been working for over 5 years to get squares from crafters around the world to contribute to blankets. Granny Greener Mary Gordon explained ‘As Bobby was an orphaned dog it’s an appropriate way to get people inspired to help out. I’ve made Bobby a small blanket – a miniature of the ones the orphans wear so he can stand in solidarity with them.’
My sketch shows Bobby sporting his new shawl. What a great cause, follow the links below to help out.