What do you give the woman who has everything for her 50th birthday? That’s easy! You knit her a Jean Greenhowe clown, holding a paint brush and a tube of paint to represent her love of art. Then you knit a string of bunting, which reads ‘Happy Birthday, Marie’ and wind it around his hat.
In the run up to Christmas there are always so many last minute gifts to make and stock to replenish for all those festive craft stalls. My last remaining Christmassy characters, courtesy of Jean Greenhowe’s traditional patterns, now resemble nothing more than a group of drunken carol singers as they lean against our mini tree.
handmadebysoo is knitting lots of wobbly jelly babies using the pattern from Jean Greenhowe’s Little Gift Dolls to help raise awareness of nystagmus ahead of Wobbly Wednesday on 4 November.
Nystagmus, also known as Wobbly Eyes, is a complex condition where the eyes move involuntarily. This makes it harder to see. Few people with nystagmus drive and most face difficulties in everyday life.
Every year hundreds of children are born with nystagmus, often with no known family history. Adults can develop nystagmus too, due to accidents or illnesses like stroke or MS.
Nystagmus Network funds research into nystagmus, provides information and support, raises awareness and educates people about the daily impact of nystagmus.