January Newsletter 2019

Happy New Year!

In 2019 we have lots exciting projects, a chance to see the beautiful coast of North Wales and historic chester, and wonderful knitterly opportunities coming.

In this newsletter, we’ll be highlighting some of what Knit for Peace will be up to throughout the year and into 2020!

From all of us at Knit for Peace, we hope you have a wonderful 2019.

The Great Wool Hunt

Gladstone's Library - Exterior View

The Great Wool Hunt is fast approaching. With lots of exciting activities; from a knitting workshop with Sasha Kagan, to a visit to a yarn warehouse for bargains, we’d advise booking now to avoid disappointment!

Dates: May 4th – 7th
Accommodation: Bedroom with en-suite bathroom at Gladstone’s Library for 3 nights with breakfast and dinner included.

Click here to find out more.

To book, please send an e-mail to knitforpeace@charitiesadvisorytrust.org.uk

Mysore, India in 2020

Led by Debbie Bliss and Gillian Ely, who will be working in parallel, you will have a choice of tutorial each day.
What to expect:

  • Beautiful sunny weather
  • 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 techniques

Dates: January 18th – 31st 2020
Accommodation: The Green Hotel. A wide choice of rooms in the palace, situated beside the award-winning garden.
To register your interest, or to book, please send an e-mail to knitforpeace@charitiesadvisorytrust.org.uk

Here’s some feedback from our holidays:
“I very much enjoyed the variety of places we went to and everyone was so friendly.”
“Wonderful opportunity to buy unusual yarn and bargain end of ranges”Wool Hunt 2018“What can I say -a wonderful 2 weeks, fantastic staff, wonderful food.
India is a fantastic place to visit, another world”
The ideal holiday for a keen kniter, keen to travel but not confident enough to travel alone. The group was very friendly”
“What’s not to like! Good knitting fun!”

India, October 2018

Sugar-Free January 

It’s not too late to do it for a fortnight! Join Knit for Peace founder Dame Hilary Blume and get yourself sponsored for avoiding those sugary treats and raise money for Knit for Peace. Good for you and good for those in need.

  • Put the money in a jar every time you don’t buy a cake, biscuit or a sweet treat
  • Ask for matching funds for your money saved!  
  • Get people to sponsor you for each sugar-free day
  • Get sponsorship for every-time you don’t eat a sugary treat when offered.

To find out more about it and to get a sponsorship form, click here.

January Raffle


For our January raffle, we have two wonderful new selections of knitterly delights.
You told us you like Double Knitting, so we’ve listened and put together the Delightful Double Knitting raffle.

We’ve also created a bumper selection of yarns suitable for baby and toddler projects called Beautiful Baby Yarns.

Entry to our raffle is £5 a go and you can enter as many times as you like. All proceeds go toward supporting Knit for Peace.

Enter Raffles – £5 a time

Knitting needed

Thank you to all of the kind knitters that have sent in their knitting. With the cold weather lingering, we’re in need of adult jumpers/cardigans, hats, scarves, warm blankets, dressing gowns, ponchos, fingerless gloves and mittens.

Help abused women

In November we launched a campaign so we can continue to help those in the most wretched circumstances. To donate see here.

Here are some very heart warming thanks:
“Thank you very much indeed for the generous donation of wool, needles, knitting kit bags, blankets and toys we received. The knitting workshop attracted a markedly higher take up.  Experienced knitters and newcomers alike fell on the supplies of beautiful yarns, selected their own needles, and began to help one another decide what to create.  I wish you could have seen the genuine surprise and delight in the faces of the women we work with, some of whom I hadn’t seen smile so readily before. They seemed especially cheered that they could choose from a really wonderful selection of materials.  

We were touched by the number of women who said they looked forward to showing us the knitting they were planning to do between weekly sessions with the group. It seems to have struck a chord in particular with women who have little to no English, and it is good to realise that basic knitting can be a non-verbal language!”

 –Project for rescued trafficked women

“I really cannot thank you and all the people who knit for you enough.
The bags of clothes were delivered and our residents and their children were over the moon to receive all the lovely items. They said that Christmas had come early.
All the babies and children in the refuge got new clothes and we even have some left to give to new families as they arrive.

 –Women’s refuge in London

Please help us raise £25,000 so we can continue to supply yarn, needles, and haberdashery to abused women so they can knit throughout 2019.

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