November 11 is Veterans Day, and a time-honored symbol of rememberance is the poppy. One blogger calls this red flower “the most noble and notable fundraising totem anywhere in the world. It was the pink ribbon before the pink ribbon. It is the Livestrong bracelet minus the disgraced spokesman.”
This year, YARN-A-HOLICS all over the world are putting a spin on this time-honored tradition. Knitting and crochet groups are crafting poppies from wool. More durable than the old paper ones, these sell for $5 each, with proceeds going to veterans organizations. In fact, these are so popular that knitting shops in Scotland are running out of red yarn, the Daily Record reports.
For those of you looking to get in on the craze, here are a couple of free patterns:
Knit Poppy from Lion Brand Yarn website
Crochet Poppy from Coffee Crochet blog