February Newsletter 2021

February Update

We are continuing to operate despite the national lockdown, as the need for warm clothes and blankets remains. There are now just two staff working from the office, Ria and Sofia. We’re enormously grateful to them for their hard work.

Feedback

Thanks to your support we’ve been sending out yarn kits to care homes, prisons, women’s refuges and isolated individuals so people can continue to knit. One prison in Yorkshire sent us some wonderful feedback:

“Wool is like gold dust here, so it has been greatly appreciated by all the residents. Thank you very much indeed for your generosity & kindness at what has been a very challenging time for our women. The yarn has really lifted their spirits and it has been very therapeutic for them.”

Help contribute to this work through Good Gifts:
Yarn and needles for a knitter £12 or Care home pack £65

This letter was written as a thank you by a school child in Glasgow who received some of our knitting.

“The blankets remind us of our mum and grandmothers who used to make things like this, they spread love in our house.” – A family of refugees based in London

“Thank you so much for the wonderful knits, many have already gone into bundles for families and they are so welcome to keep little ones snuggly and warm.” – A community outreach project in North London

‘Best of British’ Raffle

This month we’re giving you a chance to win lovely quality British wool to keep you warm. The prize consists of mainly DK and 4 ply yarn from West Yorkshire Spinners, with some hand dyed wool/silk mix thrown in.

£14 to enter

‘Crochet Special’ Raffle

The winner of our January Crochet Special Raffle is Bernie-jo C., from Lerwick in the Shetland Islands. Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who entered the raffle.

Make do and mend scarf: pattern to use up odds and ends

Not sure what to do with leftover bits of yarn? This easy scarf pattern is a great way to make a warm and useful garment out of odds and ends.

Ingredients: Any wool of similar thickness. For DK you can use 4mm needles, long needles or circular needles.
Method: Cast on 280 stitches. Each row is knitted in a different colour yarn. Leave approx 4″ of yarn at each end to tie into tassles. All rows are knit.

The big advantages of these scarves are that they use up oddments of wool, they’re very colourful and there’s no sewing in ends.
Happy knitting!

How have your knitting habits changed due to the pandemic?

Please complete our new survey by clicking here. We’re interested to find out what role knitting has played in your life over the last year. Please take 5 minutes of your day to respond, our new form is quick and easy to fill out.

New Tombola

We have a new selection of yarns available through our tombola. Great value and a way to try out some new yarns as well as the old favourites. Everyone’s a winner. £24 to enter and £4 for P&P. All proceeds go towards Knit for Peace’s Abused Women Campaign.

Knit of the Day

We received a lot of amazing knitting in January, here are just a few of the wonderful items you sent us.