As most of you will know, a couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the QED conference in Manchester. It was a truly excellent, if over-stimulating, weekend, and I’m only now coming properly back down to earth!
I wanted to do something to contribute to the fundraising aims of QED, so I turned to my main creative outlet: crochet. I crocheted a long, stripy scarf that turned out utterly awesome (even if I do say so myself…) and it came along to meet all of you wonderful people at QED. Now it’s home from that adventure and it’s ready for its next: being sold on eBay to raise money for the National Autistic Society! Please check it out, and throw down a bid if you’re feeling generous.
Now let me tell you a little more about it!
The scarf had a wonderful time at QED. It made its debut appearance at the Gala dinner, where it was very excited to meet ace physicist, TV presenter and all-round legend Jim Al-Khalili:
It thoroughly enjoyed the comedic talents of Helen Keen and Matt Parker and couldn’t believe its luck when it got a cuddle from Matt afterwards. From his expression, I can only assume that Mr. Parker was equally excited to meet scarf.
At some point in its gallivanting, scarf was honoured to get a rare photo-opportunity with the almost-legendary Giant Book of Fantastic Facts, which has, for privacy reasons, asked for its true identity not to be revealed. It’s a hard life being a skeptical celebrity, especially if you’re only a few inches tall.
Scarf was safely returned to me in time to be introduced to the wonderful George Hrab, QED emcee and general cool dude. Geo elevated himself to the highest heights of awesome by recognising not only that the scarf was crocheted, but also by commenting on the technical difficulty of making the cut-out letters. Geo, I salute you.
After a well-earned night’s sleep, scarf was delighted to take part in the 10:23 challenge, and as expected, suffered no ill-effects from the homeopathic “overdose”. Then, just before lunch, scarf marched right up to the wonderful Simon Singh to grab a photo, although it was a little bitter after feeling upstaged by Simon’s hair!
Scarf was very excited to meet mathematician/juggler Colin Wright, and it even had a go at some juggling!
So that’s the scarf’s story. I just want to say a big thank-you to everyone who posed with the scarf, it really meant a lot to it (and to me)!
Please do check scarf out on ebay – all proceeds go direct to the National Autistic Society (one of the charities QED was officially supporting) and I promise you it is soft, warm and totally made of awesome.