March Newsletter 2020
We have been sending out lots of items to care homes in the UK. Here is some nice feedback.
“We are so grateful for the two sacks of blankets, toys and twiddlemuffs that you have sent our residents they are absolutely delighted with them and we can see that a lot of hard work and love has gone into making them.
Thank you again”
– Care home in the West Midlands
We were also delighted that we could send yarn to those recovering from stroke so they can start their own knitting group.
Join us in the mountains of Peru and Uruguay, with a couple of small diversions on the way, to enjoy the lovely soft textures and jewel colours of alpaca and alpaca blends.
Mark Mother’s Day by sponsoring a sack in memory of a Grandmother, a Mother, or an Aunt who taught you how to knit. This will help us to deliver warm knitting to those in need.
Last chance to support our campaign to help the women’s coop in Rwanda.
Our very first Knit for Peace group was formed in Rwanda to give war widows, left destitute after the massacres and civil war, a chance to earn an income. The Group is still going, but need more sales. Their best seller, school cardigans, for which they charge £2.17 are much needed. The demand is there, but the money isn’t. Can you afford a jumper to keep a child warm and help women make a living?
Thanks to the generosity of you knitters, we are able to send out loads of knitting to those in need –Syrian refugee camps, women’s refuges in the UK, homeless shelters, care homes, hospices and community centres.
Here are some sacks in the courtyard awaiting collection – this is only part of one day’s collections.
We depend on our army of volunteers to run Knit for Peace, so please understand that we do our best to send out the acknowledgements.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Knit for Peace?
You can read all about us here.
What knitting items do you accept?
We only accept new, unworn, hand-knitted or crocheted (not shop bought) items.
Do you have any patterns?
We have a selection of patterns available on our website but if you would like further inspiration visit UK Hand Knitting, they have many free patterns.
What items are the most needed?
This varies. At this time we particularly need adult garments (hats, scarves, jumpers/cardigans, mitts and socks, bed jackets and shawls) and large size blankets (up to 80 x 90 inches or no smaller than 66 x 90 inches).
We don’t need baby hats, and have enough prem baby items for the next 10 years! However we need jackets from baby to big toddlers size.
Ponchos, all sizes, are useful.
Knitted squares -please sew these into blankets or dressing gowns. Although the wonderful Sewing Bees sew up the squares, they can’t keep up with the supply!
Do you accept yarn, needles and haberdashery?
Yes, we encourage knitting and regularly send yarn, needles, and haberdashery to help refugee camps, shelters, care homes, prisons and hospitals setup their own knitting groups. We also send to textile department of Arts Colleges to help students who can’t always afford all the materials needed for the course.
So how about a spring clean and send us the stash of yarn you are never going to use.
Where do I send my donations?
Our address is:
Radius Works, Back Lane, Hampstead, London NW3 1HL
Please include a knitted goods recording sheet with your parcel so that we know who has sent us what!
What is the best way to send you items?
Posting with Royal Mail can become expensive especially when sending large quantities. Most of our knitters use carrier companies such as DHL or myHermes, which apparently are the cheapest.
Can I come and deliver my knitted items in person?
You are welcome to come and drop your knitting in person, however our office is not big enough to fit in more than 4 visitors at a time.
Our office is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5.30pm.We are based in Hampstead less than 2 minutes walk from Hampstead Tube Station on the Edgware Branch of the Northern Line.
If you are driving and have a large amount we recommend that you give us a call when you are about 5 minutes away so we can help you to unload. (Our office is based on a one way road system).
What are the different sizes for blankets?
Baby: 45 x 60 inches (not needed)
Single/Lap: 66 x 90 inches
Double: 80 x 90 inches
Where are the knitted donations sent to?
We often send knitting donations to refugee camps in Syria, Kurdistan and Lesbos as well as food banks, homeless shelters, care homes, women’s refuges, community groups, hospitals and hospices in the UK. The hospices give the blankets to the relatives after the person dies, as a remembrance.
Have you received my parcel?
It is important to us to acknowledge each donation we receive, as we know how much time, dedication and thoughts have gone into each items. We are receiving enormous amounts of knitting at the moment, and we rely on volunteers to help us with unpacking, sorting, and sending out the knitted items as well as acknowledging the donations. It is sometimes hard to keep up with the volume so there might be a slight delay in receiving an acknowledgement but please bear with us.
Knit of the Day
Here is a selection of our Knit of the Day that we share everyday on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram page.