Monday, 3 May 2021

A Basket of Bees

I really enjoy seeing what people have made from my project. On ravelry I always have a look at the finished projects before I use someone else's pattern, as you can learn a lot that way.

So I was really delighted to see Lucy's basket of bees, made from my Bumblebee Pattern, in the reviews on Etsy. I emailed her to ask if I could share the photograph, and in her reply she told me that she made twelve bees, one for each of the people who attended her father-in-law Al's funeral. His grandchildren especially remember him teaching them to catch bees in jam jars, without harming the bees. And on the day after he passed away, a little bee flew past his family- cementing the ‘bee’ a symbol to remember him by.

I think this is such a good way to remember him, and was really pleased that my pattern played a part. It also reminded me how my mother would tell me how her father would always go out to tell the bees if their was a death in the family. I thought this was just something peculiar to my family, but have found this website about the tradition of Telling the Bees. Check out the poem and Big Big Train on Youtube singing "Telling the Bees".

Still lots of time to join in Ginx Woolly Linx Party for May.


  1. What a cute basket of bees! That's awesome.


  2. What a touching way to use a craft project. I have never the practice of telling the bees. Dropping by from the Traffic Jam Weekend Linky Party...

  3. Thank you for sharing this on Traffic Jam Weekend! It has been chosen as a fave feature for this week's party that goes live on Thursday at 5:00 pm CST.