An online community is uniting knitters for a great cause.
The group, 5000 Poppies, has put a call out for Australians to help knit or crochet over 60,000 poppies to commemorate the end of the First World War.
“This project is a community tribute of respect and remembrance to our servicemen and women, their families, and their communities, and is closely aligned with the Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018,” the group's Facebook page says.
How many poppies are needed?
5000 Poppies currently have two projects running.
Firstly, there's the Australian War Memorial installation for Remembrance Day 2018.
“We are making somewhere in the vicinity of 62,000 knitted and crocheted poppies on stems. We currently have around 18,000 to 20,000 completed stems…So there’s still around 40,000 plus poppies and stems to make,” the page says.
The deadline for the poppies is August 2018.
The second project involves creating 50,000 lapel poppies for the Victorian RSL Club's 2018 Poppy Appeal.
“We currently have packed 20,000 poppies so still 30,000 to make by April 2018.”
What pattern should I use?
Anyone interested in joining the project should head to the 5000 Poppies Facebook page for information. The knitting and crochet patterns can also be found here.
“Poppies should be made in RED YARN as the major colour. However, you can decorate them how you like ... our makers are very creative with their beautiful centres."
Where can I send my poppies?
Australian War Memorial poppies can be delivered directly to the War Memorial in Canberra or posted to 5000 Poppies, P.O. Box 115 Ashburton Vic 3147.
The RSL Poppies can be sent to 5000 Poppies, P.O. Box 115, Ashburton Vic 3147, RSL Victoria, or Anzac House, 4 Collins Street, Melbourne.