Knit Aid

KnitAid_Logo_Purple_Finalblog

We are very pleased to announce that this year, Yarningham will be supporting Knit Aid.

Knit Aid is a social enterprise helping knitters to help others in need.  Knit Aid was set up as a response to the refugee crisis in Europe, in particular the many refugees that had travelled to France and have been living in cold and harsh conditions.

Knit Aid started their knitted donations with Calais but are proud to have extended our distribution to Dunkirk, various locations in Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.

At this year’s Yarningham will be holding a raffle stuffed full of fabulous yarny prizes with all profits going to Knit Aid.  More details about the prizes coming soon.

Also at Yarningham, City Knits will be running a collection point to gather donated items. City Knits will also be on hand to offer advice on patterns, suitable yarns and will have kits available to buy.

So, we are asking you our lovely stitchers to pick up those needles and hooks, raid your stash and make something for someone in need.

What can I make/knit/crochet?

Knit Aid work with volunteers who work in the refugee camps to make sure that they are only sending donations which are needed and useful. Because of this, Knit Aid are currently only accepting the following items:

  • Beanies
  • Snoods
  • Gloves/Hand-warmers
    Please use only dark and unisex colours. We cannot guarantee that light coloured knits will be sent to refugee camps and have been specifically directed not to send these.
  • Little Snug Riding Hood toddler hooded cowl (pattern available on Knit Aid website)
  • Hot water bottle cover including hot water bottle (Pattern available on Ravelry for free with code KNITAID)
  • Fully sewn together blankets
    (Please do not send individual squares or rows. Unfortunately Knit Aid do not have the capacity to accept and sew together squares)

Please do not make anything other than that listed above. Knit Aid can accept both knitted and crocheted items.

One week left…


Image: Knitting Clock, Siren Elise Wilhelmsen 

…to book onto our Yarningham workshops.

We have a small programme of workshops as part of Yarningham

Steeking for Beginners – Ann Kingstone

Sock Knitting – Kirsten McTeer

Amigurumi Crochet – Venetia Headlam

Drop Spindle – Katie Weston

Places must be booked in advance and booking ends on Saturday 9 July

Your workshop space also gets you entry into Yarningham marketplace on the day of your class. 

To find out more about each workshop and to book a space visit our website here.

WWKIP day @ Sin Eater Festival

On Saturday we held a hootenanny at Sin Eater Festival to celebrate World Wide Knit In Public Day.

A big thank you to David and Liz from Sin Eater for hosting us, everyone who came to get their stitch on and most of all to the knitting weather gods who supplied us with some sunshine.  DSC_0004DSC_0005DSC_0009DSC_0010

Coming up

  
There’s just under two weeks before our beginners knitting and beginners crochet classes start. 

So, come and learn to knit or crochet (or both!) with us. All materials are included in the class price. You also get a slice of cake. 

For bookings and more info see our website here

We also have some exciting news up our sleeves for a big event in July. More info coming soon. 

Crocheted Silver Necklaces

We have some crocheted jewellery for sale just in time for Valentines Day.

They are crocheted into a sterling silver chain with 100% cotton yarn. The necklaces close with a silver lobster clasp. Each necklace comes in a kraft paper gift box

Large £28 plus p+p

Small £25 plus p+p

If you would like to buy one please visit the Etsy listings here

crochetnecklaces

International Crochet Day

Today is International Crochet Day. Here are a couple of S&H’s hooky faves.
First the incredible Olek

Next, Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam Crocheted Playgrounds

hori2

And last but by no means least Shauna Richardson. Her main website is under construction at the moment so here’s a picture of her most ambitious work to date Lionheart Project.

lionheart-shauna-richardson

Don’t forget if you’d like to learn to crochet or knit with us we have new classes coming up in October and November. More info here

New Classes

knitting_classes

(image taken from Dunkirk Memories)

Here at S&H HQ we’re pleased to announce another batch of beginners crochet and knitting classes.

Hook Me Up – Beginners Crochet Class £25

Tuesday 7th Oct 6:30 – 9:00pm

Cherry Reds, John Bright Street, Birmingham, B1 1BN

This class is designed for those who are new to crochet or those wanting to brush up on basic skills.  You will learn how to start and finish your crochet and how to produce a chain.  You will also learn basic crochet stitches.

All materials are provided along with hot drinks and a piece of cake.

To book onto Hook Me Up – Beginners Crochet Class please click here

Pick Up Sticks – Beginners Knitting Class £25

Tuesday 4th Nov 6:30 – 9:00pm

Cherry Reds, John Bright Street, Birmingham, B1 1BN

This class is designed for those who are new to knitting or those who would like to reacquaint themselves with the basics.

You will learn how to cast on (using the knit stitch method), knit stitch, purl stitch and casting off.

All materials are provided along with hot drinks and a piece of cake.

To book onto Pick Up Sticks – Beginners Knitting Class please click here