April Newsletter 2019
Knit for Peace April Newsletter
Busy at Knit for Peace. Last month we sent out knitting to women’s refuges in London and Darlington; homeless projects in Barnsley, Cornwall, London and Nottingham, a community centre in Reading; hospitals in Solihull, London and Leeds and a care home in Wales, and 50 sacks to Syria (it is very cold at night).
Thank you for your knitting, it makes such a difference to people in need. People are particularly struck by the effort that has gone into the knitting, producing such high quality items.
“We just wanted to say a massive thank you to all the team at Knit for Peace for providing some fabulous items for our families and also the wool and needles for our arts and craft group . We are absolutely overwhelmed by your generosity and are looking forward to starting our group at the end of April.”
–Community Centre in Reading
“I just wanted to send you a big thank you from all the staff and clients at No Second Night Out North Hub for your wonderful donation of hand knitted blankets, hats and scarves! It really is very much appreciated as we always need new bedding for clients to sleep in and, even though the weather is now improving substantially, the hats and scarves will be much needed if we get more cold weather or when winter rolls around again.”
–Homeless project in London
Thank you also to everyone who sponsored a sack and helped with the cost of delivering items to those in need. We couldn’t do our work without the generosity of people like you!
Our April raffle gives you a chance to win a bumper batch of 50 x 100g balls of wonderfully soft, extraordinarily chunky and cream coloured 100% wool beautifully spun in Yorkshire! Enough to make a cosy blanket or several warm and toasty scarves and hats. £5 an entry and you can enter as many times as you like.
Knit for Peace Holiday
18th – 31st January 2020
We are honoured to have Jane Crowfoot leading our 7th annual knitting holiday in Mysore, South India. Knit for Peace holidays provide a unique opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Mysore; to experience colourful markets, ancient palaces and have a glimpse of real India.
Don’t miss out and book your place now.
What to expect:
Beautiful sunny weather (average 28C degrees)
Delicious food (buffet meals, including vegetarian options)
Special diets catered for
Good company and friendly atmosphere
A chance to meet new people
Wonderful shopping opportunities
Improve and extend your knitting & crochet techniques
Chance to visit the Good Gifts Catalogue and the Green Hotel supported projects.
Prices include full board, knitting kit & instructions, transport from and to Bangalore Airport and chances to visit the projects supported by the Green Hotel and Good Gifts Catalogue.
Here is what people said:
“This knitting holiday surpassed my hopes and expectations . It was an ideal holiday for a keen knitter who was keen to travel to India, but was not confident enough to travel alone.” – Chris (October 2018)
“What can I say -a wonderful 2 weeks, fantastic staff, wonderful food. India is a fantastic place to visit, another world” – Carol (October 2018)
Help abused women
Last November we launched a new campaign to help those in the most wretched circumstances. Women who have been trafficked and those who have suffered sexual abuse in conflict areas, have been given asylum here in the UK. Those who are pregnant, as a result of rape, are in special hostels awaiting the birth of the baby. They have found knitting for the baby, and themselves, helps them overcome their traumatic experiences.
Look at our Etsy shop, we have a range of old Indian saris with wonderful borders, knitting bags, needle holders and much more.
Our sister charity the Good Gifts Catalogue offers a great Easter Basket, giving 3 fine chickens to a widow in Africa, a lamb to a farm co-operative in India, and vegetable seeds to subsistence farmers in Africa, where a kilo of seeds can, with tender loving care, produce enough to feed a family of six. £28
At the moment we are particularly in need of adult garments (hats, scarves, gloves and socks) as well as blankets and dressing gowns.
For those who like knitting toys, we have been asked for mixed race dolls (not teddies, very specifically dolls).
We have nearly reached our target for orange baby hats so if everyone sends in the hats they are currently knitting we should have enough!
Knit of the Day
Here is a selection of our Knit of the day that we share everyday on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. Thank you!