Two members of our team here at Stitches & Hos HQ are taking part in The Moonwalk London 2018 on the 12th May. Helen and her daughter Lilith, have signed up to Walk the Walk and raise money for Breast Cancer charities and research. In April last year, Helen was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Luckily, it was caught at an early stage and was successfully treated with surgery. Helen, Lilith, and the rest of their family want to give something back to the charities and research companies that work so hard to help so many.
On Saturday 28th April, we at Team Yarningham completed our final training walk in preparation for the Moonwalk 2018. In total we walked just under 21 miles!
The Moonwalk is an event raising money for Breast Cancer charities and research, organised by Walk the Walk. It is a marathon length walk in London beginning at midnight. Oh, and you do it in a decorated bra!
We began our final walk in Stratford-Upon-Avon and we decided to walk along the canal. It rained and we were both quite muddy by the time we’d finished, but we kept going and cheered each other up.
We spotted so many sheep! They kept walking up to the edge of their fields and watching us – they were so noisy! We also saw some ducks; including little fluffy ducklings, some geese and a swan.
The Moonwalk is on May 12th, so if anyone wants to donate to a worthy cause, there’s still time. Follow the link Sponsor Team Yarningham
Last weekend Helen and I took a train to visit Edinburgh Yarn Festival. The festival, now in it’s 5th year was bigger than ever. This was our second visit to the festival and we had a great time. Here are a few pictures from our trip.
We met Zebedee, who was on his very first train ride.
Getting our stitch on, on the train.
Cumbrian countryside whizzing past
That’s one Big Knit Night!
Excellent enamel pin from Stephen and Penelope
The ladies at La Fee Fil stand had marvellous headgear
Just that thing where we met Stephen West
Team Yarningham Ravelry ID badges
Takeaway cake for the journey home from Urban Angel bistro – delicious
Takeaway cake for the journey home from Urban Angel bistro
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:
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.
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
Greyfriars Bobbie statue
Inchkeith Lighthouse lens in National Museum of Scotland. The lens was made in Birmingham by Chance Brothers.
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!