May Newsletter 2021 – A Time for Treats

Thank you!

Thank you to all of those who have sent us yarn. As well as the Tombola and Raffle, we have used a substantial amount to provide yarn to those who might otherwise find the cost of knitting prohibitive. For example, those in prison, in women’s refuges, in schools, community centres and care homes.

We are particularly grateful to Love Crafts for their donations of yarn. We couldn’t do it without your support.

Here’s some feedback from a prison in Yorkshire:

“You have made a lot of women very happy!! I can’t begin to tell you how excited they were to have a selection of beautiful wool to choose from. One lady has already knitted 64 baby hats for the premature baby unit at York hospital and others are making soft toys for charity and items for children and grandchildren. It is helping with their well-being during times when they are unable to have visits from their families.”

May’s Special Malabrigo Raffle

Our raffle this month gives 3 chances to win beautiful Malabrigo yarn. We’ve even included lovely KnitPro needles – another treat.

1st prize - 16 x 100g hanks
2nd prize - 12 x 100g hanks
3rd prize - 4 x 100g hanks
£15 to enter

April Alpaca Raffle

The winner of our April Raffle is Pam W., from North Yorkshire. Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who entered the raffle.

Knit for Peace Holidays

And talking of treats – we have lots of Knit for Peace holidays in the pipeline: New Lanark in October 2021 (fully booked but email knitforpeace@charitiesadvisorytrust.org.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list), Gladstone’s Library in December 2021 (13th-17th) and Oxford in January 2022 (5th-8th)!

We will be sending out details for Gladstone’s and Oxford in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for those.

A LIMITED NUMBER of very special Marie Wallin Yarn packs

A big thank you to Marie Wallin, who has donated packs of her very special British Sheep Breeds yarn, mixtures of Jacob and Black Welsh wool blended with Bluefaced Leicester and Devon Exmoor. (Sorry we don’t know the proportions.) It knits as 4ply.

Each pack has 10 x 25g balls. We are offering 2 packs – one dark & one cream (ie. 20 balls) for £70 + £5 P&P.

All proceeds to Knit for Peace’s work with trafficked women.

Some good news from India

Brij Bhasin, who many remember from Knit for Peace holidays at the Green Hotel and Jaipur, has recovered from COVID – pretty impressive for an 83 year old!

Feedback

We wanted to pass on these messages of thanks from organisations that have received knitting from us:

“These exquisite blankets and jumpers were donated to us by Knit for Peace. All are hand made, with some even including labels from the person who made them. They have been well received all week!” A community hub in London supporting refugees, homeless people and families facing hardship

“All the children and women at our refuge would like to send a HUGE THANK YOU to your amazing organisation for all the gorgeous donations! The blankets have especially been a huge hit to use as bedspread or for picnics.” A women’s refuge in London

Tombola Packs

Our tombola packs continue to be a favourite with knitters. Here’s some feedback from two people who bought packs this month:

“What a treat! Amazing yarns. I’m very happy. Tempted to order another one…” Irene S.

“I have had 4 now…they are always great, useful amounts for socks and scarves and blankets…and a great cause. I always ask family to buy me one for birthdays etc.” Elaine B.

£24 + £4 P&P

What we need

At the moment items that are especially useful are blankets in any size, knitted toys, dressing gowns and adult shawls.

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

Knit of the Day

These are some of the amazing knits/crochets that we have been sent over the last month.