“You Are Loved” is a project about spreading love, sharing stories and giving from the heart.
This project came about from a very serendipitous experience I had following the death of my grandmother Edna who was such a giving soul and shared her love openly with all those whom she met. She taught me to crochet when I was a young girl and she still crocheted right up until she went into the hospital. I knew after her passing that I wanted to find a way to keep her gracious spirit alive and share our mutual love of crochet.
On the plane ride to Chicago for the funeral, I started to crochet some little granny square hearts. I decided to make a garland out of them to put in Nanny’s casket, one from each of her nine great-grandchildren. At her funeral service, the pastor spoke about Nanny’s love of crocheting. The pastor shared that she too learned to crochet from her mother who told her that the only pattern she needed to remember was the granny square…because the granny square starts as a circle and everything is built upon the circle. Just as in life; it all comes around full circle. We are born, we grow, we die and on and on and on. It seemed kismet to me that she should speak about the granny square after I had just made the garland of hearts from the very same pattern.
After her funeral, I kept crocheting the hearts because they gave me a sense of comfort and connected me to my grandmother. Then one day I gave a heart to a stranger with a handwritten tag pinned to it that said, “You Are Loved” and from that random act of kindness, this project was born.
These small, crocheted hearts send a big message: we are all loved by someone in this world. The sole purpose of this project is to spread that love and to remind people of this powerful force that can transform our lives. Give one to a friend who needs a little cheering up, or to a relative who’s going through a difficult time or to a complete stranger just to remind them that love is all around. Then, just see what happens to your own heart…it’s an amazing feeling.
I encourage you to share your story on the You Are Loved Facebook page about how a heart made its way into your life, whether it was given or received. Maybe one day these little hearts will make their way around the world. Who knows? Love is universal, after all!
If you are interested in spreading some love and would like to purchase some hearts, you can find them in my etsy shop.