Crocheting against food waste October 05 2015

Feeding the 5000 Brighton

On October 29th something very special is happening in Brighton. 

Crochet veg Feeding 5K Brighton

Feeding the 5000 is a project that aims to raise awareness of food waste by intercepting tonnes of food destined for the bins and transforming it into delicious meals for 5000 people. 

The event is being organised by some of my favourite local organisations including Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, Fareshare Brighton, the Food Waste Collective, Real Junk Food Project

The food will all be free and the event will take place on Thursday October 29th between 11am - 3pm on The Level in Brighton. 

Volunteers have been recruited for the day itself and in the run up. Me and Gabriella of Mangia Bene blog have signed up for Disco soup - we will be helping prepare the meals the night before with a bunch of other volunteers to the sounds of disco music! We can't wait. 

Crochet veg Feeding 5K Brighton

Another way I've been able to help is with the decoration for the big day. The Feeding the 5000 crew are planning to decorate the food tent with a hundred knitted and crocheted vegetables and have organised a number of crafternoons for people who would ike to get involved. I went to one last Thursday at The Marwood and met some lovely people, and we all sat around creating some woolly wonky veg. 

Crochet veg Feeding 5K Brighton        Crochet veg Feeding 5K Brighton

Crochet veg Feeding 5K Brighton        Crochet veg Feeding 5K Brighton

Crochet veg Feeding 5K Brighton        Crochet veg Feeding 5K Brighton

Keep an eye on the Crooked Carrot Craftathon facebook page for the next event, and I might see you there. In the meantime I'll be making as many of our crochet pumpkins as I can. They're super easy to make and take about an hour each so I'm hoping to get a few dozen made in time for the event to go with all the other gorgeous veg that's being created! 

Crochet veg Feeding 5K Brighton

Here is the pattern:  

  • Row 1: In pumpkin colour, cast on 19 stitches,
  • Row 2: sc into the 2nd stitch from the end, sc 4 more times, then hdc for 8, then finally 5 sc to the end of the row. 18 stitches 
  • Row 3: Ch1, 5 sc into the back of the stitch from previous row, 8 hdc, 5 sc. These should all have been into the back of the last row’s stitches.  18 stitches.
  • Rows 4 – 30: carry on as row 3. Only stitching into the back of the last row of stitches. You will create a long rectangle of crochet which bulges around the middle. 
  • Fold the piece in half and crochet the two ends together using sc into each of the 18 stitches. Pull the final stitch through and leave about a metre of yarn for finishing off.
  • With a needle, thread in and out of the edges to gather up the sides, pull tight to close the hole and stitch to fasten, tying it to the tail at the beginning of the work if this helps. Turn the pumpkin inside out and stuff. Take the needle through to the opposite end of the pumpkin and again, thread the yarn around the top to gather the sides and close the pumpkin. 
  • Take your remaining yarn around the outside and back through the core to create some texture to the pumpkin and make it bulge out a bit. You normally need to do this around 6 or 7 times to get the shape right. Tighten them as much as you need to and try to space them a bit randomly. Fasten off.

And for the stalk:

  • Row 1: Cast on 7 stitches
  • Row 2: sc into the 2nd stitch from the end. Sc into next 5 stitches. 6 stitches
  • Row 3-6: ch 1, 6 sc
  • Fold in half and stitch the two ends together.
  • Then chain 20 stitches and sc all the way back, this will create a natural twist, which is what pumpkin stalks do! End with a slip into the stalk. 
  • The next bit is slightly more freestyle, you’re going to stitch around the bottom of the stalk as if you are making a crochet flower. So dbl crochet into the spot that you’ve chained from and then dbl again into the same space, then slip stitch into the space as well, finally select your next space and begin with a slip into that space. You need to do this 4 more times selecting different spaces to work into all around the bottom of the sort of tube you’ve just made. It’s not easy to work out where to place them so use your judgement to space them out. Once you’re back at the beginning it should look something like this.

  • Fasten off and sew top ends in but leave a tail of yarn which you can use to sew onto the top of the pumpkin. Once your stalk is attached, leave a last bit of yarn free and separate the threads out, twisting them around the crochet hook a few times until they become what looks like curly tendrils for a lifelike effect!

Crochet veg Feeding 5K Brighton

Can you help? If you can't make it to one of the crafternoons you could always drop your knitted veg to the Food Partnership offices or leave it with me and I'll deliver it for you. 



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