I sold two more Jayne hats last week, and in my travels around Ravelry I saw the pretty shawl that MaggieTheSpy made. It was cool reading about how much Christina Hendricks loved it when she saw it at Dallas ComiCon!
I was puzzled, though, by the end where she said
“(this is by no means screen-accurate, but if it’s good enough for the REAL Saffron…)
I thought “Well, why not make an accurate one?
So, I popped in the dvd & started pausing it on the side & back views. My initial reaction was “WHAT IS THIS I DON’T EVEN”. I may or may not be figuring it out, though. I’ll keep you posted if I survive the process!
In 1918, in World War I, hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month,” in accordance with the Armistice. The next year, King George V dedicated a day of remembrance for the members of the armed forces who lost their lives.
Red poppies bloomed over some of the worst battlefields in Flanders after the war, and many Commonwealth and former Commonwealth countries wear Remembrance Poppies on that day. In Australia and New Zealand, ANZAC Day in April is their main day of remembrance, commemorating the heart-rending Battle of Gallipoli (in Turkey), where poppies are also worn. It’s mainly due to the poem “In Flanders Field”, which I’ll copy at the end of the post.
The poppy also grows wild here in the Western US – it might in other states as well, but here’s where I’m familiar with, lol. The Arizona poppy is actually yellow, because we just gotta be different. The blood-red poppy is the one we use to remember.
I crochet mine. Here’s a link to another blog with paper, knit, and sewn felt ones as well.
I used red & black worsted weight yarn with a size F hook. You can use whatever you like, gauge is not important. You can make a tiny poppy with crochet thread, or a bigger one using a bigger hook.
(crochet terms are US, for UK/Australia terms, see here for the pattern that I adapted mine from)
Veteran’s Day Remembrance Poppy Pin
With black yarn, make a “magic circle”. Ch 1, sc 14 stitches into circle, slip st into ch (15 st). Pull circle tight to close up the center of the flower, change to red yarn.
Ch 1, sc in 1st st, * (over the next 3 scs) 2 dc in each of the next two sts, sc *, repeat three more times. 2 dc in each of the next 2 sts, sl st into beginning ch.
(In the original pattern, she typed “4 dc” in each st, which makes a fuller, very pretty flower; it doesn’t match the picture she posted or any of the Remembrance/Anzac poppies people wear. I show both in my pic. If you want to make an all-occasion poppy, just substitute 4 for 2 whenever you dc)
Fasten off. Weave in ends, sew or glue a safety pin or brooch/pin back to flower.