Happy New Year, all! I hope you had a restful and enjoyable holiday break -- complete with lots of crochet.
I wanted to take a few minutes to share my newest pattern and get the word out about a group who is doing some amazing good work. They're called Autism Shines.
Those of you who have followed my work for a while know that our family includes a dose of life on the autism spectrum. My Little Miss was diagnosed with moderate autism in April 2012. She is a beautiful, loving, and smart little girl who inspires me each day.
But -- despite all the amazing stories of people on the autism spectrum, autism gets a bad rap. Misguided news reports have linked autism to violence (totally not true, by the way) and Facebook pages condeming people with the disorder seem to pop up daily. So, a group of parents got together and decided to show the world the opposite side -- the real faces of autism. And that's how Autism Shines was born.
This group deserves to be noticed -- and I wanted to help that... so I did what comes naturally. I crocheted.
It's a simple pattern -- a little yellow yarn (I used Sugar 'N Cream cotton, but you could use just about anything), a pair of plastic eyes, some fluff, and some embroidery thread. Even a beginner should be able to handle it. And if you know your way around a hook, I hope you'll give it a try. Make one for yourself or for someone special who reminds you just how Autism Shines. And when you're done, I hope you'll share.
You can get a copy of the pattern here... it's free (download now). And please... if you haven't done so already... take a few minutes and see the beautiful and inspiring faces of autism, thanks to Autism Shines.
Web Site: http://www.autismshines.com/