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Knitting For Charity

Knitters are very generous people. We know that many of you already knit for charity and that there is a need for more promotion on knitting for charity. We have received many enquiries asking which charities need knitters and we hope to let you know, but we do need your help.

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Knitting For Charity On Facebook: Threadbare

Norma McLennan has set up a Facebook Group page to help promote the places where knitted items can be donated to.

Click here for Facebook page and here for blog


The Big Issue Foundation: The Big Knitathon

 

The Big Knitathon, now in its 3rd year, is one of The Big Issue Foundation’s biggest annual fundraisers. This year they are hoping to raise enough to support more homeless and vulnerably housed Big Issue vendors than ever before especially through the harsh winter months. They’re calling knitters from around the UK and the world to dig out their wool and get sponsored to knit for a marathon session with friends and family on Saturday 1st November (or a date to suit). Groups are encouraged to create items to sell as Christmas presents to raise more vital funding for the charity. You don’t have to be a veteran knitter, whether it’s your first scarf to sell to a friend or toys to sell at a Christmas fayre it all makes a big difference.

Click here for more information about how you can take part


Crochet For Kidneys Research: Part III- Squares

 
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Following on from the great success of Crochet For Kidneys Part 1 and Part 2, where seven and 14 blankets respectively were made for dialysis patients, they're doing it again!

Crochet squares from all over the world are welcome, please follow guidelines below:

Any square pattern, squares must measure 15 cm from side to side, Acrylic yarn only, Double Knit yarn only, Any colour except for the last round which has to be white. Please join six squares with white yarn into a strip using the join-as-you-go method or with slip stitches on the wrong side of the work. (It's a mammoth task to join up all the individual motifs into blankets, so this year they are asking for strips of six squares which will make it so much quicker to finish the blankets.)

The strips of six squares should reach the organiser before 1 November 2014

Click here to contact Natasja King and she will send you her postal address

Click here to read more about the project, here to join the Ravelry Group and here for Facebook


Children In Need: Knit A Pudsey Bear: November 2014

   
       

BBC Children in Need are a fantastic charity that needs no introduction. Running since 1980 it has helped improve the lives of countless children and young people across the UK. The famous emblem of Children in Need is Pudsey the bear, a plucky and friendly bear who helps bring some joy to the children that the charity is helping. At King Cole we have been doing our part since 2007 by asking people to knit their own Pudsey bears or jumpers. All the proceeds from the cost of the pattern go directly to Children in Need. So far we’ve raised over £35,000 and we’re hoping for more each year. We also encourage our knitters to auction off their bears and jumpers to try and raise more money for the very worthy charity.

Click here for more information

Click here for pattern


Edinburgh Direct Aid

Could you knit or crochet for 24 hours with a break of only 5 minutes per hour? This is what Sister Margaret Duncan did on 16th Nov 2009, at the age of 92, raising £12,000 for disabled children in Bosnia, through the charity Edinburgh Direct Aid.

In Sister Margaret’s memory, a year after her death in 2013, EDA is holding a sponsored ‘knitathon’ from 10.00 am Sat 15th November to 10.00 am Sat 16th November. Anyone can participate in any part of the country, and if you can’t match Sister Margaret’s stamina, you can form a relay team of knitters doing a few hours each. Just one weekend and all your Christmas projects could be completed!

All sponsorship funds raised will go to support EDA work for children in Bosnia and others in desperate need in Pakistan, Kenya, Lebanon, and Gaza

Click here for more details about how you can take part


Waen Chapel Outreach Project, St Asaph, Denbighshire North Wales: Items Needed For Annual Christmas Fair 29th November 2014

We are a group of all ages who crochet and knit items which are sold in aid of our Local Hospice and for the support group and day care provided for older people which currently provides friendship and support for 14 older people who live alone providng them with weekly hot meal and day care all run by volunteers with no paid staff. This care is open to anyone in need regardless of faith or belief. We would particularly welcome any donations of any craft materials e.g. wool knitting needles etc and we would also be very grateful for any completed knitted or crocheted items which we can sell at our annual craft fair which last year raised £5,000 in aid of our local hospice. Any donations are very gratefully recieved and acknowledged

Click here for website and contact details

Or write to: Waen Chapel Outreach Project, Waen Chapel, Waen, St Asaph , Denbighshire LL17 0DY


Knit A Tulip For ME

Click on image for website Click on image for crochet pattern Click on image for knit pattern Click on image for Facebook page

A group of mothers with children affected by ME/CFS have come together for a unique fundraising activity to raise awareness to the next leve. They plan to knit 25,000 tulips in a year.

The team of 20 women - who call themselves the 'AYME Mum's - are taking up their needles with family and friends to knit 25,000 tulips to raise awareness of the condition, which is thought to affect that number of children in the UK. The mothers, whose children are all members of the Association of Young people with ME (AYME), plan to complete the challenge over the course of the year, with the project ending in 2015.

They are very much hoping that more knitters will join in and help them reach their target. If you would like to help, the patterns are linked to the images above

Click here for Facebook page

Click here to contact the organizers


Age UK: Knit A Warm Home For Age UK

As part of this year’s campaign, we are asking people to knit a warm home for Cold Homes Week (2-6 February 2015), a week of action organised by the biggest ever public campaign and alliance to end fuel poverty, the Energy Bill Revolution. During Cold Homes Week, local Age UKs up and down the country will be proudly exhibiting these knitted warm homes and inviting MPs and local councillors to see them, prompting conversations about tackling fuel poverty locally. Everyone who knits a warm home can also enter our competition for the best knitted home.

Deadline: 31 January 2015

Click here for more information and patterns for you to take part


KasCare: Knit A Square

 

Knit A Square has grown into a volunteer-lead, world-wide community numbering an estimated 12,000 people in more than 60 countries round the world.

Together we help to warm and comfort the orphaned and vulnerable children of Southern Africa and we'd greatly value your contribution to this knitting project. We ask the world's knitters and crocheters to send 8x8inch (20cm) squares to South Africa, where groups of volunteers and members of the various local communities help sew them into blankets for children. The blankets have a dual purpose of being used whilst sleeping, and, doubled as coats during the cold South African winter. Our next step is teaching women and the elderly how to knit & crochet - coaching and guidance have been requested by the communities to help them become more self-sufficient in the future.

Click here to find out more and learn how you can help


'SIBOL' - Sunshine International Blankets of Love

       

'SIBOL' was formed in January 2010 making 'Sunshine Blankets' for the Elderly in Care & Nursing Homes. I am inviting knitters worldwide to make a blanket to give warmth and comfort to an elderly person. Very often or not they sit alone not having any visitors or friends visiting them and wouldn't it be nice if they knew someone was thinking of them.

We hope through our work that one of our 'Sunshine Blankets' would be like sending a ray of Sunshine into their lives brightening their day knowing that someone has been thinking of them.

Click here for more information and patterns for blankets and shawls and here for Pinterest page

Click here to contact Sue McGorie


UK Coffee Week 2015: Project Waterfall Knitting Appeal (Deadline 31 March 2015)

 
Flower Sleeve
Cabled Sleeve
Dog Sleeve

The Allegra Foundation raises money to provide safe water to people in coffee-growing countries. Currently we are working with UK Charity, WaterAid to deliver Project Waterfall - building a sustainable water system in the remote community of the Mbulu District of Tanzania.  
Our major fundraising campaign is UK Coffee Week, where we unite the coffee industry to raise funds to support our work and give back to the countries that farm coffee beans. With over 90% of coffee being produced in third world countries, it really is a week for those of us who love coffee to give back.

For our 2015 campaign we would like to give the supporting coffee shops knitted coffee cup sleeves for them to give to their customers for a donation to Project Waterfall.

The sleeves are simple to knit, so great if you’re a beginner knitter or you can make them elaborate as you like for the more advanced knitter.

Please send completed sleeves to: Allegra Foundation, Walkden House, 10 Melton Street, London, NW1 2EB

Click here for further information

Click here for patterns, also here (UK Coffee Week pattern) and here (Project Waterfall pattern)


Norfolk and Norwich Hospital: NICU (neonatal intensive care unit)

     
       

We desparately need volunteers to knit and donate blankets and hats for our babies. We are putting out an urgent appeal as we need 100 in the next month and approx 900/1000 for the next year at least.

Blankets need to be 20 in x 20 inches (no holes), any ply, but non-scratchy wool

Click here to contact Louise, NICU's Fundraising Manager for more infomation and address to send items


Newcastle Upon Tyne: Rookie Sports

 

Rookie Sports is a not for profit social enterprise working with a variety of disadvantaged community groups within the region. We are currently fundraising to extend our work with The Caddy Shacks, a group of adults with learning disabilities. Rookie Sports would like to develop a specialised programme that would teach these adults some basic functional numeracy and literacy skills to give them greater control of their own lives. We would be so grateful if people were able to knit any small items (toys, baby clothes, hats, gloves etc) that we could use for fundraising purposes. All the money raised would help us to make this programme a reality and have a huge impact on the lives of this wonderful group of people.

Click here to contact Bridget if you have items to donate

Click here for more information


Knit For Peace: Hold A Wool Swap

      Knit For Peace Crochet Cowl - Marie Wallin

We want to get everyone knitting! Based on our experience of developing Knit for Peace over the last few years, we have learned that knitting is extremely important as an activity, that can be carried out right into extreme old age. It provides benefits both to the knitter and recipient. Once learned, knitting can be a skill for life.

We receive daily donations of hand-knitted clothes from knitters all over the UK. We never sell the clothes, we send them to where they are needed. We give to a diverse range of services, such as refugee centres, homeless shelters, and hospitals. We also send knitting abroad.

We have now sent out more knitted items in the first 6 months of this year (2014), than we did in the whole of last year! We would like to thank all our knitters for their increasing generosity in keeping those needles clicking together to help those in need. Because of you, we have been able to send over 30,000 items of knitting this year with the numbers rising!

Calling all knitters! Help raise funds for Knit for Peace by holding a wool swap. Whether you are a knitting group or just a group of friends, you can fix a date, choose a place and ask knitters to bring their unwanted yarn.

We are currently low on baby clothes and have received lots of requests recently. (August 14) Please get those needles clicking to keep cold babies warm.

Click here to find out more about how you can help

Click here to download Crochet Cowl designed by Marie Wallin


Project Linus UK

   

Project Linus UK is a volunteer organisation. We aim to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new home made patchwork quilts and knitted/crocheted blankets, and give volunteers across to UK the opportunity to contribute to their local community.

We are always looking to recruit more volunteer knitters as well as people to become coordinators in their local area collecting and delivering blankets.

Click here for more information if you would like to help

Click here for Lyn Antill's (National President of Project Linus UK) favourite blanket pattern


Love UnderDogs: Knit A Dog Coat

 

Love UnderDogs is one of the main organisations in the UK working to improve the lives of stray dogs in Romania and rehoming some of the most unwanted animals here in the UK.

It was set up by animal lovers who want to make the world a better place by helping and supporting some of the most unwanted, abused, neglected and voiceless dogs. As the name Love UnderDogs suggests they rescue and re-home dogs that are old or disabled, too big, the wrong colour or just not pretty enough.

Please send knitted dog coats to: F.A.O Pat Short, LoveUnderDogs, 23 Moseley Gate, Alcester Road, Birmingham B13 8JJ

Click here for more information and here to contact Julie

Click here for pattern


Cazz's Chemo Comforters

   

Cazz McLoughlin is currently going through cancer treatment. She'd like to get as many people as she can knitting/crocheting squares so that
she can sew them together and make as many Cazz's Chemo Comforters as possible; these blankets will then be given to cancer patients young and old who are in hospices.

Click here for information about how you can take part on Cazz's Facebook page


Needy Paws Project Worldwide

Michelle Mason runs a project knitting blankets for animals in shelters

Click here for more information about how you can help and here for the Facebook page


The Freedom From Fistula Foundation: Big Knit Challenge

 
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In Sierra Leone, The Freedom From Fistula Foundation manages ‘The Aberdeen Women’s Centre’. This centre currently provides free surgeries to women injured in childbirth, runs a children’s clinic, and now has a maternity clinic . Rehabilitation is an important part of the recovery process for our fistula patients. To help women rebuild their lives after surgery, we offer a wide range of services and opportunities. At one end of the spectrum, we teach basic literacy and numeracy skills, handicrafts and help to build confidence, and at the other end we offer enterprise training and loan/saving/insurance facilities. As part of our handicrafts training, some of our patients stitch together knitted squares to make blankets. This activity gives them something to do to fill their time as they recover and they also get the gift of a warm blanket to take home with them when they leave the hospital.

The Big Knit Challenge: We would like you to knit 6" or 8" blanket squares for our fistula patients and maternity units

Please send squares to: Freedom from Fistula Foundation, Robertson House, 1 Whitefriars Crescent, Perth PH2 0PA or drop them off at our Charity Shop Afri-Can, 225 High Street, Perth.

Click here if you would like to help and for all further information


Francis House Children's Hospice: Start knitting now for 2015!

Francis House Children’s Hospice offers the families of very sick children a respite from their role as carers and gives the children a loving home from home. Each year knitted chicks are made to help raise funds. If you would like to help with the 'chicken run' for 2015, please see below:

 

Charity Chicken Knitters

"Over 550 chicks of the ‘woolly’ kind have flown the coop from Francis House Children’s Hospice based in Didsbury, South Manchester, after months of work by a dedicated team of 8 chicken knitting ladies. The knitted chickens complete with crème egg, were then successfully sold for £1 in primary schools in the north west of England during the week before the Easter break.  The figure raised this year was the best ever, with the proceeds of £650 going straight to the children’s hospice. 

The idea came about 12 years ago after Jackie Hadfield from Radcliffe, a volunteer on the care team at Francis House, saw the pattern being knitted by a woman for her church bazaar. Jackie’s husband Graham, then a head teacher, was also raising awareness about the work Francis House through school assemblies, so they decided to take the chicks into the schools to see if they would help raise funds."

Click here to download chick pattern

Click here for Francis House website and information about how you can help


Knitting For Oxfam

We are delighted to receive knitted items or blankets which can be sold in our high Street shops to raise much needed funds for Oxfam’s humanitarian work. Please contact your local Oxfam shop to discuss the options or visit our website for more information.
Oxfam is very grateful to our supporters who have taken the time to knit blankets and other garments for us. Your contribution really does make a huge difference to the lives of people living in poverty around the world.
We regret that we are unable to send knitted garments and blankets overseas because of the costs involved.

Click here for patterns and more information about knitting for Oxfam


German Shepherd Rescue South

We are a small registered charity based in Hampshire, that rescue and rehome unwanted dogs throughout the UK. We would be grateful if anyone would be willing to donate knitted items such as soft toys or anything else that we could sell at our fundraising shows.

Click here to get in touch with Carol and here for further information


SPANA (Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad)

Model, designer and actress Twiggy Lawson is supporting a campaign that encourages people to get knitting to help raise funds for international animal welfare charity SPANA.
As part of the Big Knit for Vet Kit fundraiser, knitters can make Duncan the donkey, Hattie the horse or crochet Clarence the camel and get sponsored whilst they stitch to raise funds for sick and injured working animals.

Animal welfare campaigner and keen knitter Twiggy said: “I know everyone will have so much fun knitting their very own gorgeous camels, horses and donkeys, with the money raised helping SPANA treat a real working animal in one of their clinics in Africa or the Middle East.

Click here for more information and patterns


The Tanzanian Baby Hat Project: KOFIA ('Kofia' means "hat" in swahili and stands for Knitting for Our Friends In Africa)

 
   
Berega: village in Tanzania
 

We have started a hat knitting project in response the high infant mortality in a rural Tanzanian village called Berega. Hypothermia is a huge issue associated with neonatal death and babies in harsh environments like Berega, which happens to be in the mountains to compound problems, are highly susceptible. Several medical studies have shown how effective a simple woolly cap can be in keeping hypothermia at bay. They are also needed for the malnourished babies who cannot regulate their body temperatures and the babies with infections that are made much worse by having hypothermia as a co-factor.

Our belief is that every baby should have a fair chance of survival. We are trying to focus on something that, as a community, we CAN change
It started as a local project but we want to widen the circle of compassion and see how many people we can get sympathetic to the cause who want to join in. We are asking for anyone to knit or learn to knit and send one hat if they can, for one baby.

Click here for more information about the project


Prostrate Cancer UK

Prostate Cancer UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1005541) and in Scotland (SC039332). Registered company 2653887

Knitwear designer, Libby Summers is joining forces with Prostate Cancer UK in the fight against prostate cancer with the launch of her Tea Cosies For Victory pattern collection, after both her father and uncle were diagnosed with the disease.

In a bid to help those running a Tea For Victory party Libby, is encouraging people to knit her tea cosy designs and sell them at their event, to raise even more money for the charity, as well as keeping the tea warm for the guests! Half of the proceeds of pattern sales and 10% of the proceeds of kit sales will go to Prostate Cancer UK and will help to support the 40,000 men who are diagnosed with the disease in the UK each year. The tea cosy collection is aimed at the busy knitter or beginner knitter, as the template tea cosy pattern is very simple.

“Tea For Victory is a new and exciting venture from the charity, which aims to bring people together to enjoy a traditional British institution, whilst helping to support the 250,000 men living with this disease in the UK."

Click here for more information about holding your "Tea For Victory Party" on the Prostrate Cancer UK website

Click here for the Tea Cosies For Victory patterns


Get Sirius: Knit A Dog A Home

Based in London, we are working on a campaign to help raise money for 'Sirius Dog Sanctuary' that is based in Moni, Cyprus.

All animal welfare groups are really struggling to help the very high -and still rising- stray animal population of cats and dogs. With the financial crisis having hit Cyprus in the last year it is even harder than before to keep on top of vet bills, food and maintenance for all the animals in shelters. Sirius Dog Sanctuary has a no-kill policy which makes it even harder, as numbers keep growing, with dogs being dumped every week. At the moment there is no electricity in the building and the water temperature depends on weather temperatures which can rise up to 45 degrees C in summer.

We are looking for knitters to help knit dog jumpers and accessories to be sold on our online charity shop.

Click here for further information if you can help


Homeless Beanies: Knit Us A Beanie

A newly established homeless support project in West Yorkshire is searching for knitting enthusiasts and groups to help get its project up and running. Homeless Beanies UK want to hear from keen knitters to make hats for the organisation to sell on its website. For every hat sold a similar one is given to a homeless person. Any money made in selling the beanies will then also support local homeless charities.

To help launch Homeless Beanies UK there’s a competition running through the spring and summer; entrants have to knit a winning hat with a great design for either an adult or child.

We want to warm at least 200 heads by the end of 2014.

Click here for more details of how you can help



Royal Navy Royal Marine Children’s Fund

We are looking for volunteers over the UK to kindly donate their time and spare wool to make dolls, about 6 inches high (maybe bigger, whatever would be easiest for people to knit), like the images above - holding the hand of a child doll to symbolize ‘knitting the family’ back together.

The Royal Navy Royal Marine Children’s Fund is based in Portsmouth. We are currently working to produce a booklet to help families cope with Operational Stress Reaction. This is a condition that affects a huge amount of servicemen when they return from military operations and have to re-establish themselves in family life. OSR can often cause people to become depressed, withdrawn, nervous and even violent, plus the children and partners can be affected too. The booklet will cover ways of identifying OSR and then where to turn for help. It will also form part of a ‘kit’ to help ‘knit the family’ back together.

Click here to download patterns

Please post dolls to: Natalie Lloyd, Spider PR, 4 Leathermarket Street, London, SE1 3HN


Walk With Donkeys: Equine Sanctuary

   

My partner and I run a donkey sanctuary in south Crete. At the moment we have 18 donkeys, 1 mule, 4 horses, 1 shetland pony and 10 dogs!! This is a full time job, but in my spare time I knit little animals to sell to visitors and in our online Facebook fundraising page.

We would really welcome any donations of knitted animals or animal based items.

Click here for more information and here for Facebook page

Please send knitted items to: FM Caravans Ltd, 169 Fountain Road, Hull, HU6 7DB


Ward End Cat Rescue: Help Us To Knit Mice

Catnip Mice
Dogs and Mice
Pattern information: click on image
Pattern Instructions: click on image

Sharon Gannon has written in about her local cats home - Ward End Cat Rescue who are trying to raise money to finish off their new cattery - they need £750 in total. Sharon is trying to help them, and so far she has got prizes for a raffle and now trying to find knitters to help us !!

One of their ideas for raising money is selling knitted items at some table top sales. So far they have 40 catnip mice, 2 knitted dogs, 2 knitted cats, 2 knitted elephants and a zebra !!!

One of the items they would really like help with is some catnip mice... We have about 40 knitted so far and we are going to be selling them for £1 each. The cats we have tested them on so far seem to really like them !!!They are also going to give all the cats in their care one each, so when they get re homed, they can take their mice with them...

Click here for website

Click here for pattern information and here for actual pattern


West Wales Dog Rescue: Knitted Coats Request

This is a small Dog Rescue registered charity based at Cardigan, West Wales. We take in unwanted and ill treated dogs from the 3 counties of West Wales and rehome over the whole of the UK. We are entirely staffed by volunteers and receive no public funding. During the cold winters our dogs desperately need warm washable coats. It would be lovely if some knitters could help by knitting coats from tiny Yorkshire Terrier type size to really large for greyhound size dogs. We could supply the patterns if the knitters wish or they could use their own. We will offer a small prize for the most unusual. We would feature the coats and their knitters on our website and in our quarterly newsletter and would hope to get local publicity through newspapers.

Click here for more details if you would like to help


Loving Hands: Knitting for the UK and the World

Loving Hands work reaches across the globe. The hand knitted garments and gifts are sent direct to where they are urgently needed. The diversity of where Loving Hands work goes is incredible, from special baby care units in UK hospitals to those in need all across the world including Africa, South America, India and Eastern Europe.
Visitors to the show are invited to bring donations to the Loving Hands stand. The charity is keen to obtain donations of yarn, DK is particularly useful especially baby colours. Fabric, toy stuffing, wedding and bridesmaid dresses, towels and sheets etc. This way they can keep less well off members supplied with materials.

Click here for Loving Hands website, here for their 'wishlist' and here for patterns


Siblings Together

We are Siblings Together, uniting brothers & sisters in care and adoption. We hold summer camps and drop in centres and befriending programmes for siblings all of whom are in care & adoption. We would love some colourful knitted blankets for the evenings around the campfire and to keep the children warm in their tents. We would also love knitted throws to sit on which are soft and colourful, our children like to dress up so we like silly hats and waistcoats and colourful leggings and scarves! ...

Delma Hughes, Founding Director suggest a new knitting project for 2013: "We all love ponchos, it would be brilliant for kids to have these to wear for camps, it really does get cold in the evenings. They could wear at camp and share, possibly take away with them to keep even if they become attached.We have a wide variety of different sized children, all from about 6yrs -18 yrs long and short wide and thin male & female, ponchos with or without hoods, pockets etc small teddies on a string!"

Click here for ponchos pattern on our Free Patterns page

Click here to contact Delma if you can help knit some items for this charity or for further information on the website


Oldham Cats

Samantha Fahmy has recently started to knit and crochet baby items and toys for a local charity called Oldham Cats. Oldham Cats is a UK registered charity dedicated to rescuing and re-homing stray, abandoned and unwanted cats & kittens in the Oldham, Rochdale & Middleton areas of Greater Manchester area. So far she has raised over £200 for this small local charity through knitting and crochet. The items are kindly sold by the wool/haberdashery stall called Sew Inn in Oldhams indoor market. No items are too small and would be gratefully received.

Click here to contact Samantha if you would like to knit or crochet any baby crochet items tp help raise money for Oldham Cats

Click here for website and Facebook page


Stepping Stones Nigeria

 
Bee Puppet
Inky Mouse Puppet
Snake Puppet

Stepping Stones Nigeria is a Child Rights Charity working with and for children currently living in the Niger Delta. We have 4 programme areas: Advocacy and campaigns, Street Children, Education and Literacy. The Literacy team, have in the past 2 years launched the Read and Write Now Initiative (RAWN), aiming to dramatically improve literacy rates amongst disadvantaged children in the Niger Delta. Working with educational partners out in Nigeria, we are training and inspiring over 3, 400 teachers, from 1146 schools in one year to teach reading and writing to 85, 900 children using the fun and successful method of synthetic phonics.

Despite effective implementation of the ongoing training of teachers in such methods, the lack of class room teaching resources make hand knitted puppets an invaluable tool for teachers to best engage young children in learning how to read and write. There are 3 puppets which corresponds to characters, in the synthetic children reading books, inky (the mouse), Snake and Bee. These puppets, although a long way from some of the teaching materials we have become accustomed too, these puppets have proven such a ‘hit’ with the children, who needless to say having very little toys and possessions of their own, immediately adore them.

Click here to request patterns for puppets

Click here for website


FacilitAid: Burundi Bears

Over the years, our fundraising has been assisted by hundreds of knitters from groups around the country, who have knitted our 'Burundi Bears' for
use in our school programmes around the UK. At the initiation of one of our supporters - a knitwear designer - we have recently launched our new
knitting campaign, to help provide the funds for the 6 extensions. Her idea is to inviteknitters to buy 5 special 'Burundi Bear' labels and then knit 5 special bears to give away as presents to friends and family. Each label/bear provides 4 bricks - built into one of our schools, so practically, each lady would provide 20 bricks to help facilitate the response to the new challenge.

Every penny raised from the campaign will go directly to the work in Burundi - there are no UK salaries, and no expenses incurred in the UK. All the money is spent in the local economy and most of the labour involved is undertaken by women, local to the project.

Click here for further information about how you can help


Battersea Dogs & Cats Home: 'Staffies'

 
Staffie Pattern
Staffie knitted by Barbara Gates
Knitted Staffie

The Battersea Dogs and Cats home have launched a knitting campaign to help raise awareness about Staffie dogs.

Jude Peppis writes: "Last year, we launched a campaign called ‘Staffies. They’re softer than you think’ to help rebrand the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The campaign mascot is a knitted Staffie toy and we are hoping to encourage members of the public to download/purchase the knitting pattern to make their own knitted Staffies."

From Wednesday 15th October 2014 you can join a monthly knitting club, 'Knitting Kittens'

Click here to download pattern and more information about the project

Click here for Facebook photo gallery of knitted Staffies


Cats Protection

Click here for mouse pattern to be made and donated to help raise funds

Click here for article: "Get Knitting And Help Destitute Cats". Ahead of the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace on October 10-13 2013, Cats Protection has asked people to knit blankets and toy mice


Knit For Newlife: Help Support Disabled Children

The UK’s leading children’s disability charity is calling for knitters to ‘Knit for Newlife’.

Whether it is a favourite pattern or something new, Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children is asking for help in supporting thousands of children across the UK who rely on the charity to get the essential specialist equipment they need. Knitted and crocheted items will be sold at craft sales to boost funds. Every knitter will be supplied with special tags that show their first name and town or county, so those purchasing will know whose care and talent has gone into creating the items.

The ‘Knit For Newlife fund’ will buy essential items of equipment for specific children and the charity will report back to knitters with details of who has been helped and how.

Click here to find out more and how you can help


Age UK Waltham Forest: Keep Warm, Keep Well Knitters Network

Age UK Waltham Forest are seek knitters to help with supporting older adults in Waltham Forest who are at risk of ill health or death during the cold weather by knitting simple hats, scarves, gloves or squares for blankets. Items received will be distributed to adults we have identified as being at risk as part of a variety of 'warmth packs'.

Please send completed items to:
Emma Tozer,
Age UK Waltham Forest,
Peterhouse Community Centre,
122 Forest Rise,
Upper Walthamstow,
London E17 3PW

Click here to request further information


Bullying UK

Percy The Pigeon

Anita Hunt has been in contact to tell us about an anti-bullying charity raising money and awareness through knitting:

"I wanted to let you know about my fundraising campaign for the charity Bullying UK. I have an Alan Dart designed 'Percy the Pigeon' knitting pattern. The idea is to encourage a child to tell someone if they are being bullied, as well as raise funds for the charity. My aim is to raise as much money as I can through downloads of the fantastic knitting pattern, for my fundraising campaign for Bullying UK"

Click here for more information


Erin Hounds Sighthound Rescue: Cheshire/North West Charity

Erin Hounds Sighthound Rescue is a small, albeit growing charity based in Cheshire with dog fosterers and supporters in parts of Merseyside and Sheffield. It works to save, rehabilitate and rehome greyhounds and lurchers from Ireland, which would otherwise face death or a very grim future (e.g. retired racers aged just 4, failed and injured racers, 15 months plus, mistreated and abandoned lurchers etc etc..). We rehome all over the UK but primarily in this area. We have homed over 100 dogs and we have a growing facebook presence and an website with a new and well used online shop www.erinhounds.co.uk. We can sell these at the many fundraising events we do also (where the dogs need plenty of layers as they stand for hours patiently doing their bit).

The cold weather is here! These lovely dogs are very skinny and seriously feel the cold. Owners buy coats and many put their dogs in snoods too, which can also act as hurricane ‘hoods’ (over the ears) in driving wind and e.g. snow. Keeping the body temperature up is vital overnight too .I can provide a pattern for a knitted coat (quite simple) and there is a knitting for hounds ‘firm’ online lady who will offer advice if required. Re snoods – I can provide more photos and a description re knitting a snood (simple). Both require double yarn and any contributions would be very much appreciated. They don’t have to be multi coloured or fancy unless a knitter fancies doing this.

Click here to contact Rosey to request pattern or to donate wool

Click here for Erin Hounds website


Joshua's Boxes

We are a small locally run charity who have been providing memory boxes free to hospitals both locally and throughout the UK for 8 years now.We are always needing beautiful little items for our boxes and have patterns and wool to send anyone wiling to do this. The main items that we need are blankets in a varity of sizes, hats in the same size difference, and angel robes and pouches. They can be made in pastel blue, pink, lemon, green, lilac and white.

Click here for more details if you would like to help


Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)

"Incredibly generous designers donate their time and knitting patterns to p/hop. These patterns are then available for you to download from our website www.p-hop.co.uk. All we ask is you make a donation to humanitatian aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders based on how many hours of pleasure you'll get from knitting your p/hop pattern. There is no set price for a pattern; you can donate 50p or £50. It's entirely up to you - P/HOP = PENNIES PER HOUR OF PLEASURE!

Knitters also swap unwanted yarn in return for donations through our Ravelry group and have lots of other ways for knitters to raise money and awareness about MSF on our website. Please come and join in the fun"

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Click here for group on Ravelry (login required)


Lisas Stars

Lisas Stars provide hospitals throughout the UK with knitted blankets, hats and burial items for babies born too premature to survive. Many of the hospitals do not have anything small enough for these babies so many are left naked, wrapped in tissue or placed in clothes far too big for them.
 
We need knitters at every location around the UK to provide our Reps and donations of wool to provide our knitters with.

Click here for more information. Lisas Stars can also be found on Facebook


New Hope Rural Community Trust - UK

Maureen McMillan has written about the above charity which is based in Orissa, India. It was a Leprosy Charity but has now diversified. In the latest magazine she received, they requested blankets, and baby clothes - for HIV+VE babies.  These babies are being abandoned by their families because of fear and destitution.
 
Maureen has knitted quite a few matinee coats and is starting on some blankets and wondered if anyone else could help?

Please send items to: Jill Ghanouni, New Hope Community Trust, 49 Alfred Street, Southampton SO14 ONB

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Teddies for Tragedies: Yorkshire Aid Convoy

Jill Dean from Ilkley, West Yorkshire is currently collecting teddies that have been knitted to the teddies for tragedy pattern. The teddies are being taken to children in Romania and the Ukraine by the charity, the Yorkshire Aid Convoy.

She would be delighted if other knitters can help with the production of teddies which are very easy to make.

Click here for Teddys for Tragedies website for teddy pattern

Click here to contact Jill for information about where to send completed teddies


 

 

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