April Newsletter 2021

 Fancy a treat? We’ve found the perfect place

We are very excited to be organising our first Knit for Peace holiday of 2021. We will be spending 3 nights at the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site New Lanark, in Scotland, arriving on the 12th October and leaving on the 15th October. 

If you would like to be a part of this holiday, click here to read all about it or email us at knitforpeace@charitiesadvisorytrust.org.uk if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Thank you to our knitters for being so understanding this month whilst we were forced to put restrictions on what items we can accept. We know how important knitting can be for your wellbeing, so with the new month wanted to share anew, expanded list of items we are happy to receive.

We need: blankets in any size, socks and mitts in any size, adult jumpers, shawls, dressing gowns (pattern available here) and knitted toys.

Please do not send us: hats in any size, child jumpers/cardigans, twiddlemuffs, squares and premature baby items.

April’s Alpaca Special Raffle

Here’s your chance to win soft and sumptuous Alpaca yarn – perfect for knitting or crocheting something extra special for yourself or a loved one!

£14 to enter

March Raffle

The winner of our March Raffle is Christine B., from Bourne. Congratulations!Thank you to everyone who entered the raffle.

Small items to knit for friends and family

We’ve noticed that people really enjoy making smaller items so here are some suggestions of quick and easy items you could make for yourself or to give to friends or neighbours.

“Mask mates” allow you to fasten your face mask at the back of your head, meaning no rubbing on your ears. Here’s a free pattern with buttons and one without buttons.

Knitted household items are a great way to make something useful, and help the planet by reducing waste! There are lots free patterns available on Ravelry: mug sweaters, coasters, heat mats, reusable shopping bags, reusable sponges… 

New Tombola

We’ve got new tombola packs available to buy through our website. At £24 + £4 P&P they are great value for money and a really good way to try out some new and hard to find yarns, as well as the old favourites. All proceeds go towards our work to help abused women. 

Feedback

Here are some touching messages of thanks that we’ve received this month:

“When mum’s things were handed to me by the bereavement officer, I was given a beautiful crochet blanket. It had all of mum’s favourite colours in, I called the nurse thinking they had given me someone else’s belongings, the palliative care nurse explained that this was given to mum to make her pass more comfortable and ‘normal’. Thank you, I will treasure this.” Message passed on by a hospital in Milton Keynes

“Your knitters really are amazing. It will be a delight to be able to donate these goodies to our families and I’m sure it will but a smile on lots of peoples faces.” A family support project inBasingstoke

“Two of the hand-stitched blankets were gifted to moms on Christmas. Please let all your volunteers know that all of us appreciate all the time and effort that went into making those fabulous items.” A women’s refuge in London

Knit of the Day

Make sure to follow our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, if you want to see our “Knit of the Day” posts. We love sharing the beautiful items you send us and appreciating just how dedicated and skilled you all are.