Team Yarningham knit for Knit Aid

progress

Team Yarningham have been busy with their needles knitting donations for our charity 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

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.

There will be a collection point at this year’s festival accepting donations on behalf of Knit Aid.  The collection point will be manned by our LYS City Knits.  City Knits will also be selling kits for you to make your own donations and providing pattern advice.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival

Team Yarningham (Helen and I) spent a couple of days last week in Edinburgh to visit Edinburgh Yarn Festival. The trip was a chance for us to meet up with exhibitors, experience another urban yarn festival and get to see and squish lots and lots of lovely yarn.

Here are a few photos from our trip

castle

Edinburgh Castle

greyfriarsbobbie

Greyfriars Bobbie statue

inchkeithlens

Inchkeith Lighthouse lens in National Museum of Scotland.  The lens was made in Birmingham by Chance Brothers.

projectbag&pins

My very reserved purchases from EYF.  A project pouch by Danica from Kettle Yarn and some bulb safety pins by Merchant and Mills from Grace at Beyond Measure.

In all we had a great time in Edinburgh.  EYF is a great festival.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many stitchers in one place!