Early this morning a large fire in an historic building that featured prominently the center of the village where I live left 30 people homeless. Because of this tragedy and the ceremony to say goodbye to Trooper Joel Davis who lost his life in a tragic shooting, I wanted to write a bit of a special blog as a way to highlight three designers and also acknowledge the amazing work of volunteer fire departments, Paramedics, and Police/Troopers who do so much to protect and save lives.
First designer today is My Fingers Fly, Silly & Sweet Crochet . I was looking for crocheted clothing patterns with a first responder theme, and was very happy to find My Fingers Fly's very collection of first responder/military themed sweaters for children. There are also some adorable accessories to match. I really encourage you to check out her page because there are so many themes represented in her patterns. I will focus on our first responders and military for today. As a raveler I am always amazed at what my fellow artists design. Today Lisa Ferrel's patterns are not just reminders of the great work of our first responders and military but also a fun way for our little ones to learn about the real life heroes all around us. As the wife of a veteran, I think I probably would have made these for my kids if I'd known how to crochet when my kids were little. :) I love these patterns so I will be sharing the lot of them so you can see what a great job Lisa Ferrel has done!
Lisa Ferrel has created sweaters for our military families. I sure wish I had had these sweaters when my little ones were growing up!
Another designer who has created some really sweet items with a fire department theme is Caryn of Caryn's Yarn Basket. VERY sweet photo props! She has developed firefighter photo props for both boys and girls. They are fun and I'm sure any parent, grandparent would love these little sets for the baby in their life. Each of the patterns comes with boot style booties, and a crocheted helmet as well as either pants or a skirt
Last but not at all least is The Stickler Guide by Beth Taylor. She's come up with a very ingenious way to create graph patterns that are simplified so that the graph turns out exactly as it should! I can get behind that idea! The graphs she has designed for the first responders are amazing.
One more piece I want to share with my readers. Today as I watched Trooper Davis funeral live I thought would it not be sweet if there were a crocheted version of the trooper style hat. I did find the State Trooper Hat by SheChellesCrafts which can be made in any color to represent your state or particular service.
Today was a day to be thankful. I hope you will check out these fine artists and thank them for thinking of our first responders because they are a treasure. Thank you to Lisa Ferrel, Caryn, and Beth Taylor for your hard work.
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