Crochet Hearts of Love

A little graffiti made my very own father onto an already graffitied heart found on the commuter train he takes home from work.

A little graffiti made my very own father onto an already graffitied heart found on the commuter train he takes home from work.

I have been meaning to post an update on the You Are Loved project here on the blog, since I know many people might not be on Facebook.  (If you are on FB however, and haven’t yet liked the You Are Loved page, you can find it at: https://www.facebook.com/crochetheartsoflove)

Calvin holding up one of the very first hearts I made.

Calvin holding up one of the very first hearts I made.

A special care package sent to my Aunt Kim who was the one who planted the YAL idea into my head.

A special care package sent to my Aunt Kim who was the one who planted the YAL idea into my head.

It is really starting to take shape in many ways.  Since its birth, it’s been slowly taking a form of its own.  I wasn’t exactly certain how I would shepard this project, but I knew that it would unfold organically…and it has. Love is what’s guiding it after all, so it can really only go forward on its own, right?  I do have some lofty dreams of these little hearts making their way around the world; about how random people will find them on park benches and on cafe tables and next to their hospital bedsides, about how complete strangers are brought together by a small, handmade stitched heart.  And how they are reminded of this simple and honest sentiment.

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This anonymous type of spreading love is just one aspect of the project. I’ve already given many away as gifts to my own loved ones, and I am being asked to make them for people as holiday presents…sweet little stocking stuffers and Hanukkah gifts.  Recently I made 30 purple hearts to be given out today on Spirit Day (http://www.glaad.org/spiritday)at Pacific Union College in Angwin, CA.   Students involved in GASP – a student-run (unofficial) gay/straight alliance were given these hearts today as a reminder to stand against bullying and show their support for LGBT youth.

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The response has been overwhelmingly positive to this project and I truly appreciate everyone’s support, ideas and help thus far.  I am eager to see where it continues to go and how it touches people’s lives.  Nothing would make me happier than to sit around a table with other people who crochet, a big pile of yarn in the middle of us all, stitching and chatting and pouring out love into these little hearts as we prepare to send them out into the world.

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