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KNITTING NEWS 2014

 


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The Irish Times: "The Yes Woman: Clickety-clack, Knitting’s Back" (11.12.14)

Click here for endorsement of the knitting trend from Ireland


The Telegraph: "How Christmas Jumpers Made Me A Style Icon" (10.12.14)

Click here to read what Gyles Brandreth is saying about knitting and Christmas jumpers


BBC: "Yarn Bombers Spread Essex Commuter Christmas Cheer" (06.12.14)

Click here to read how five post boxes around South Essex have been topped with festive crocheted scenes created by members of a Craft Club


Save The Children: "Christmas Jumper Day Friday 12 December" (1.12.14)

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Click here for information how you can support Christmas Jumper Day by wearing your Christmas Jumper on December 12


Scottish Herald: "Pattern Of Success As Wolsey Designs Unveiled" (01.12.14)

Click here to read of Di Gilpin's new hand knit success


Harrogate Advertiser: "Knitting And Stitching Show A Success In Harrogate" (01.12.14)

Click here for news of Twisted Thread's most successful show ever


The Independent: "Christmas Jumper Craze: Inside The UK Factory Behind This Year's Multicultural Must-Have" (27.11.14)

Click here to read how the popularity of the Christmas Jumper has helped to rekindle knitting manufacture in the UK


Ilkey Gazette: "Brownies Learn The Basics Of Knitting" (27.11.14)

Click here to read how members of Rombalds Trfoil Guild helped a pack of Brownies learn to knit


Campaign: "Bulmers To Reproduce Twitter Users' Handles As Knitwear In 'Yarn-Bombing' Campaign" (25.11.14)

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Time Out London Blog: "Hop On Board The Neon Knitted Routemaster" (25.11.14)

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Click here to read about 7Up's new advertising campaign which is being promoted through yarnbombing

Click here to read more about the campaign and use of yarnbombing from 'Marketing'

Click here for article from psfk with video


Yahoo News: "Jungle Slammer Group 'Tight-Knit'" (18.11.14)

Click here to read how the contestents of 'I'm A Celebrity get Me Out Of Here' earned food by knitting!


My Daily UK: "Knitted Christmas Decorations Are A Thing Now" (18.11.14)

Click here for ideas for Christmas decorations you can knit


Craft Business: "Craft Council Launches Campaign To Get Craft Skills Back In To Schools" (24.11.14)

Click here for article


Country Living Magazine: "Why Crafting Is Good For You" (17.11.14)

Click here for article and mention of this website


The Mail: "Rave knitting: The Hobby That Came From The Blue Rinse Brigade Is Now Taking Over The UK's Nightclubs And Festivals" (17.11.14)

Click here for the latest craze in knitting - let us know if you have been to a Rave Knitting gig!


University Of Southampton: "In the Loop 4: Knitting from Craft to Couture - Call For Papers" (12.11.14)

The fifth interdisciplinary and international In the Loop conference will be held at the University of Glasgow 26-28 August 2015 in association with the School of Humanities and the RSE funded 'Knitting in the Round' project. To reflect the place of Scotland in the history of knitting and the city of Glasgow in the world of fashion, our theme - from Craft to Couture - encompasses the range of applications of knit in the past, present and future and in a variety of contexts.

Click here for more information about submitting a paper for this conference


The Telegraph: "Feeling Crafty? Here's How You Can Crochet Your Way To Happiness" (11.11.14)

Click here to read Helen Zaltsman's thoughts on yesterday's new Crafts Council manifesto stating that the dying art of crafting should be at the heart of British education

Click here to read the Craft Council's manifesto in detail


Scotland Now: "Edinburgh Costume Designers Create Hilarious Knitting Patterns For Comic Family The Broons" (09.11.14)

Click here for some amazing knitted characters about to take the knitting world by storm


Save The Children: "Christmas Jumper Day Friday 12 December" (7.11.14)

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Click here for information how you can support Christmas Jumper Day by wearing your Christmas Jumper on December 12


Nottingham Post: "Robin Hood Yarn Bombed By Wollaton Schoolchildren" (05.11.14)

Click here to read about Robin Hood who now has a new winter coat


Knitting Industry: "Have A Terrible Halloween" (03.11.14)

Click here for 'scary' knitting designed by a previous winner of our Knitted Textile Awards - Katie Jones. The writer Carlo Volpi was also a winner of silver in 2012


Nottingham: "Knitting Nottingham Draws Spotlight On City's Creative Influence" (29.10.14)

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Click here for news of a new exhibition at The Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University which introduces visitors to the technological advances made over the centuries and knit's vast potential


Bath: New Yarn Shop To Open Saturday November 1st (29.10.14)

   

Bath's newest yarn shop opens this Saturday. Called 'The Yarn Story', (The Shed Box Road, Bath) the shop aims to encourage knitters and yarn lovers to write their own story with wool. Building a place in the local community is a top priority for the shop and plans for A Yarn Story include knit nights, knit-a-longs and classes as well as other special events

A grand opening is planned for Saturday, 15 November from 2-7pm


New Yarnbombing: "Shaun The Sheep's Crazy Crafting Caravan Challenge" (27.10.14)

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See our Pinterest Board for ideas for yarnbombed caravans

As the poster says: "Will EWE help us create a Woolly Wonder in the Big City"? Shaun The Sheep Movie is due out 6th February 2015 and to celebrate the launch, six caravans are to be yarnbombed and they need your help to make this happen. You can knit on your own or with your local knitting group. Bigger groups may choose to knit towards a whole caravan. The woolliest and most extravagant designs will win their very own ‘Knitted Screening’ of Shaun the Sheep the Movie at a cinema near you, where you can watch and knit!

Click here for more information


Warrington Guardian: "Knitting Is The Best Therapy, Says Clinician" (23.10.14)

Click here to read more about the benefits of knitting


Knitted Textile Award Finalists 2014 (20.10.14)

Click here to view amazing showcase of finalists work


Young Reporter: "We Will Remember Them" (19.10.14)

Click here to read why the Knitting and Stitching club at Bromley High School has been busy knitting 870 poppies


Darlington & Stockton Times: "Knitted Poppy Appeal Gathers Pace" (19.10.14)

Click here to read how knitters are taking up the challenge to produce 2,236 poppies made from wool to commemorate each of the North Eastern Railway workers who died in the First World War


'Stand Up To Cancer': UKHKA Knitting Artist in Inspirational Video For Channel 4 (16.10.14)

Click here for video showing our Knitting Artist Lorna Hamilton-Brown crocheting in a film by Conrad Design Group. The video will be aired on Channel 4's evening to support Stand Up To Cancer hosted Davina McCall, Alan Carr and Dr Christian Jessen on Friday October 17th


Campaign For Wool: "Wool Week London 2014: Summary, Fashion Activity" (16.10.14)

Click here for a round up of Campaign For Wool's Wool Week extravaganza


TimesOfMalta.com: "Knitting Is Trendy’" (12.10.14)

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Click here for write up about the Knitting and Stitching Show with special mention of Knitted Textile Awards Finalists Matthew Spiers and our KnitPic In The Pergola


BT Lifestyle: "5 Reasons Knitting Is Good For You" (12.10.14)

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Click here for article from BT website celebrating National Knitting Week


National Knitting Week 6 -12 October


National Knitting Week Events: Please email details and images of your event to us to be included here

Nottingham Trent Knitting Society held a PicKnit 05.10.14 Campaign For Wool held a 'Wool Ride' in London
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They made bunting & pompoms for a yarnboming they are planning To officially mark the start of Wool Week 2014, The Campaign for Wool and over 300 cyclists wove a woolly trail through the streets of London

National Knitting Week: 6 - 12 October Please email details of your event to us to be included here

Events:

   
Join The Campaign For Wool's Wool Ride
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Sunday 5th October: The Campaign for Wool invite you to join The Wool Ride London 9.00am -2.00pm

Sunday 5th October: Woolly Woofers Knit Workshop 2-4pm (bring a pair of 6.5 mm knitting needles ) Learn how to knit a small dog coat using chunky wool with Debbie Bliss Book a place Campaign For Wool, London

Tuesday 7th October: Fairisle Knitting workshop 10-1.00pm Learn the techniques of fabulous fairisle with Marie Wallin (yarn and needles provided)
Book a place Campaign For Wool,
London

Tuesday 7th October: Erika Knight will be hosting an 'Open House' at Craft Days in Saffron Walden, Essex where she will be showing you lots of ideas and inspiration for using yarns, challenging you to try a new stitch and talking about all things 'woolly'.

Wednesday 8th October: 3D Knitting Class 10-12.30pm Learn the amazing skill of 3-D knitting techniques with Marie Wallin (yarn and needles provided) Book a place Campaign For Wool, London

Wednesday 8th October: We are holding a PicNit here in Barnsley, South Yorkshire in support of National Knitting Week. Come along and join in our SHOW & TELL... bring along an item you have Knitted using only British Wool,Tell us your story.

Saturday 11th October: We are Woolly Wednesdays in Alloa, Clackmannanshire Scotland. Alloa was the site of Patons and Baldwins factory and we plan to celebrate this knitty heritage with a trail of yarn bombing leading from the town centre to Resonate Arts House where we'll be knitting and supplying coffee and cakes for a donation between 12 and 3 pm. We're aiming to raise some funds for Resonate Arts House, who are the Social Enterprise where we meet, to thank them for their fantastic support in helping us get up and running.

Saturday 11th October: Open Day at The Yarn Cafe, St. Barbara's Church Hall, Rochester Road, Earlsdon, Coventry, CV5 6AG. Lots of demonstrations & cake!

Saturday/Sunday 11/12 October: 4th Woolley Weekend on the Devon/Cornwall border - we fill our house with Woolly producers from wool to jumpers for Children's Hospice South West

Thursday 16th October: The Whickham Knitting Group in Newcastle Upon Tyne is holding a ‘Purl up with a good yarn’ coffee morning to celebrate National Knitting Week . There will be cake, biscuit, coffee, yarn, knitting and chatting going on. All are welcome.

Celebrate National Knitting Week by visiting the Blackpool Yarnbomb Trail


The Daily Mail: "A Stitch Online Saves Time: British Show Highlights Knitting Is Trendy" (09.10.14)

Click here for article quoting statistics from this website and a special mention for the work of Knitted Textile Award Finalist Denise Salway


Wales Online: "Knitting Enthusiasts: 'Your Country Needs You'" (07.10.14)

Click here for news of a knitting campaign set up to encourage knitters to knit poppies using Kitchener Stitch. The campaign is being launched to mark National Knitting Week from October 6 to 12 and hopes to recruit new knitters as well as experienced hands.


Business and Leadership: "Celebs Sign Up For Knitting And Stitching Challenge" (07.10.14)

Click here for news of the Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show - Irish celebrities are learning to knit or stitch and will exhibit their work by end of October


The Independent: "Wool Week 2014: Best Interiors" (07.10.14)

Click here for review of Campaign for Wool's amazing exhibition in Southwark Cathedral; 'The Wool Collection' (6-12 October)


Daily Express: "Prince Charles Boost Britain's Wool Industry" (05.10.14)

Click here for article on wool to promote Wool Week 6-12 October


Huddersfield Daily Examiner: "Yarn bombing project to cover Byram Arcade" (05.10.14)

Click here to read how yarnbombing is to raise money for mental health charity Support to Recover and Tea & Tarts WI


NFU: "UK WOOL WEEK 2014" (05.10.14)

Click here to read article in support of Wool Week including a mention of all workshops available


Fashion United: "Katie Jones Sustainable Knitwear - 'Handmade in London with Love'" (26.09.14)

Click here for news of previous Knitted Textile Award winner


The Guardian: "Knitting Needn’t Be An Expensive Hobby" (25.09.14)

Click here to find out more


The Guardian: "Knitwear – A Revival For High Fashion’s Poor Relation" (24.09.14)

Click here for review of 'Knitwear – Chanel to Westwood'


Kirstie Allsopp And The Handmade Fair Smash Pompom World Record for Sense! (22.09.14)

Click here for news of the new world record


Design a Hand Knitted Christmas Jumper Competition: Deadline 22 October (21.09.14)

Click here for details of a competition where you can have your Christmas design worked into a pattern


Clash Magazine: "Knitwear: Chanel To Westwood" (22.09.14)

Click here for review of this amazing exhibition


The Telegraph: "Exclusive: Free Knitting Patterns Fit For a Supermodel" (21.09.14)

Click here for article and patterns


Essex: Yarnbombing At Thurrock Art Trail at High House Purfleet 8-30 September (12.09.14)

UKHKA Knitting Artist Susan Burns has just completed a yarnbombing project with her Knitting Group Needles and Chat which is on display until the end of the month at Purfleet. Join them for future projects!

Click here to contact Susan


Hitchin Hertfordshire: New Festival Planned for 2nd November 'Festiwool' (09.09.14)

 

Festiwool Hitchin is a new yarn show, which has all the usual attractions that we’ve come to expect, but this one is different. Philippa Gregory, the organizer, wants to introduce the younger generation to the joys of knitting, crochet and textile arts in general. The students at the North College venue will be presenting a fashion show, featuring their own innovative designs. The colleges see this as a perfect opportunity to introduce the students to the world of business by involving them in a real life event. They also learn new practical skills linked to their specialist course, and the local community benefits from the involvement of all concerned.

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The Great British Bioscience Knitting Competition: Knit A Bug - Deadline 24 October 2014 (09.09.14)

   

As part of the Great British Bioscience Festival, BBSRC is running Knit-a-Bug: The Great British Bioscience Knitting Competition. BBSRC invites knitters from across the country to get creative with bioscience by knitting bacteria and viruses that can impact human and animal health.

Click here for full details and patterns



KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook (05.09.14)

New publication shows you how to to turn everyday 'inspirations' into stranded colourworks

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International Businness Times: "Nuclear Weapon Campaigners Knit Seven-Mile 'Peace Scarf' Protesting Trident Replacement" (09.08.14)

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Rhyl Journal: "Prestatyn Prepares For Its Appointment With Doctor Who" (08.08.14)

Click here to find out how you can take part in knitting a Dr Who scarf


Norwich Evening News: "Norwich Gets Knitting In Giant Pink Peace Scarf Campaign" (08.08.14)

Click here for article and photos

Lancaster Guardian: "Lancaster Peace Scarf At Anti-War Demo" (07.08.14)

Click here for latest on Wool Against Weapons campaign


Oxford Mail: "Heard The Yarn All About A Building Made From Wool?" (07.08.14)

Click here for details


Truro Daily: "New Hospital Program Relying On Community Knitting Projects" (06.08.14)

Click here for details of request for knitted or crocheted purple baby hats


Knit A Poppy To Commemorate The Start Of The First World War (06.08.14)

Click here for lots of different poppy patterns from Craftsy Blog


Daily Record: "Two Scots Women Reveal Why They Turned To Sewing And Knitting To Make New Friends And Relieve Stress Of Modern Life" (04.08.14)

Click here for article


Evening Times: "Residents Brighten Up The Games With Their Own Arts And Crafts On City Streets" (31.07.14)

Click here to read aticle about yarnbombing in Glasgow, organised to celebrate the Commonwealth games by Scattercraft

Click here for more inforamtion about the project on our Community Projects page


Hastings: UKHKA Knitting Artist Takes Part In 'Follow The Herring' (31.07.14)

 
   
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If you get a chance pop down to The Stade in Hastings to see the Herring boat covered in knitting, and the knitted Fish and Chip shop. Lorna Hamilton-Brown MBE knitted the signage panel. On the Stade itself there are benches with knitted panels by the Guestling group of WI's.

The tent is open every day 11.00 – 4.00 until Sunday 10th August. Make sure you look inside the Chip shop to the knitted chips

Click here for Lorna's blog post, here for more information and here for Knitting Artists entry


Wales Online: "Famous Cardiff Statue Gets Guerrilla Knitter Treatment" (24.07.14)

Click here for a yarnbomb which adorns John Clinch’s sculpture


BBC York: "Tour de France Harrogate Bunting To Be Turned Into Charity Blankets" (14.07.14)

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BBC Cambridge: "Tour de France Cambridge Knitted Bunting Souvenirs To Aid Charities" (12.07.14)

Click here to read how demand for knitted Tour de France bunting has been so great, organisers have decided to "sell" it for charity


Leeds Evening Post: "Leeds Protestors Stage ‘Knit-In’ Over Nuclear Weapons" (12.07.14)

Click here for latest on the pink scarf knitted as part of the Wool Against Weapons demonstration on August 9


Oxford Mail: "Taking Up Knitting Makes The World A Cosier Place" (11.07.14)

Click here for new of yarnbombing in Oxfordshire


Leeds: The UK Hand Knitting Association Put On A PicKnit To Celebrate Le Grand Départ (03.07.14)

The PicKnit all set out & ready to start
Our volunteers busy knitting
Our youngest visitors being taught to knit
The completed yarnbombed bike

A team from the UKHKA, with a large number of their volunteers helped to make Le Grand Départ 'PicKnit" a huge success! Visitors from all over the UK and some as far as Europe flocked to join in the Celebration of Yorkshire Textiles. As well as taking part in the 'PicKnit' to knit a piece for the yarnbombed bike, visitors were treated to a spectacular fashion show with fabulous examples of Yorkshire fabrics and knitwear


Huddersfield Examiner: "Ladies of Thurstonland Knitting Group Create Tour De France Characters" (03.07.14)

Click here to read about knitted cyclists


NPR News: "A Scottish Yarn: A Knit In Time Saves The Fabric Of Shetland Life" (02.07.14)

Click here for article


Huddersfield Examiner: "New Knitting Group Celebrates World Wide Knit in Public Day" (01.07.14)

Click here to read about an event held at Rastrick Library


Pendle Today: "Children Of The Rev-woolution Knit In Barnoldswick" (25.06.14)

Click here for WWKIP event helping to knit the Wool Against Weapons scarf


BBC News: "Tour de France Cambridge Knitted Bunting 'Safe' For Lampposts" (23.06.14)

Click here to read article


Daily Mail: "Town Ordered To Remove Knitted Bunting To Celebrate Tour de France" (19.06.14)

Click here to read how the local council are concerned the weight of the knited bunting will bend lamp posts


Leeds: Yorkshire Grand Depart 3 July 'Join Our PicKnit' (10.06.14)

       

The UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) have teamed up with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and The Campaign for Wool (of which the Prince of Wales is Patron) to create an exciting textiles showcase, illustrating the many facets of today’s Yorkshire textile industry and the UK Hand Knitting Association (UKHKA) is taking part!
Come along to our cycling-themed hand-knitting ‘PicKnit’ workshop to celebrate the Tour de France Grand Départ at the Carriageworks in Leeds on 3rd July. Visitors will be able to try their hand at knitting or crochet using some of Yorkshire’s most luxurious pure wool knitting yarns. Whether you’d like to pass on skills or learn to knit you’re bound to be inspired by the wonderful yarn selection that is testimony to the diversity and creativity of a very contemporary Yorkshire textile industry. PicKnit 12.00-5.30pm

You can indulge in all the glorious yarn textures and colours whilst knitting an adornment for our yarn bombed bike or simply add another link to our longest ever knitted (bicycle) chain.

Click here to register via email for the PicKnit event

Click here to read full Press Release

Click here for article in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (24.06.14)

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Worldwide Knit In Public Days 14-22 June

 

Please send us details of your events

Click here for more details and here for Worldwide Knit In Public Day pattern


Events:

Jumble Jelly, Bradford On Avon
Free workshops running through out the day (14th) where people can learn to knit planes, these will then be hung around the library. Info, Pattern Click on image for full details: Saturday 14th

Evesham Knitters, Market Place, Evesham Worcs, WR11 4RW
Toft Alpaca, Warwickshire
Meet in the market square (or inside ImaGine if wet) Saturday 21st 10-3pm. Bring along a chair, your knitting/crochet and a picnic (held at 1pm) We'll be celebrating World Wide Knit in Public Day on 21st June with free knitting lessons for all.

Corn Exchange, Newbury, Berkshire
Strathpeffer Station, Highlands, Scotland
Thursday 12 June, join us between 10am and 2pm and try your hand at knitting Saturday 21 June at Strathpeffer Station, Highlands, Scotland

Baa Ram Ewe, Park Square Leeds 15 June
Pontypridd Library, Mid Glamorgan, Wales
Knit In Public Knit and Natter Day in the Park 15 June 11.30am-1.30pm Click on photo to register Join us to learn knitting, crocheting or braiding. All knitters welcome!

Love Knitting, At Flat Planet, London 21 June
Picknit, Strathearn Wool Studio, Culdees, Scotland 14 June
All knitters welcome 10.00-2.00pm Click on image for full details

Bring along a picnic, blanket, your knitting/ crochet/ spinning  project and join in the fun! 12-4pm Click on image for full details

More events for WWKIP

June 14: Wool-N-Ewe Day, Baldock High Street, Hertfordshire

June 14-22: Nexus Art Cafe Yarn Craft Week, Basement Cafe, Dale Street, Manchester

June 16: Granny Greens, Red Squirrel Bar Lothian Road Edinburgh. Crocheters and knitters welcome - we're non denominational. Plenty of skilled knitters to help newbies get the hang of the basics. Bring yarn and needles.

June 17: The Whitstable Yarnies will be knitting outside the Baptist Church in Whitstable from 10am - 12noon

June 18: Wendis Wollies, Five Rise Locks Cafe, Bingley, Yorkshire. 10.00am-2.00pm Everyone welcome

June 21: Oxford Circus, London 10-2pm

June 21: The Knit Studio, Newcastle On Tyne

June 21: Baa Baa Brighouse, Rastrick Library, Crowtrees Lane, Rastrick, Brighouse 10.30am to 12.30pm. Refreshments & woolly raffle in aid of Forget Me

June 21: Toft Alpaca Shop, Dunchurch, Warwickshire. Free knitting lessons for all and 'cria tours' to meet the herd. Free entry 9-4pm

June 21: Knit Wits Brixton, Regent's Park, London from 2.30pm

June 21: Alterknitive's Knit in The Park at Cae Glas Park, Oswestry.1:30pm - 4.00pm. Please bring something to sit on, something picnicky to share, and your knitting. Beginners especially welcome.

June 21: The Knitting Knutters will be knitting in Prestatyn by the green wall next to Boots from 11am - 1pm, come along and join in, or just say hello!


Huddersfield Examiner: "Holmfirth Is Knitting Plastic Bags Together On This Arty 'Re-Cycling' Project" (05.06.14)

Click here for news of local community project 'Knit to Gather'


Imperial College London: "Knitting Blood Vessels Develops Threads Of Cardiovascular Conversations" (04.06.14)

Click here to read how it is being used as a medium for scientists to engage with members of the public about their cardiovascular research


Metro: "These Knitted Dinners Look Good Enough To Eat" (29.05.14}

Click here to need knitted food from Jaden Dance


Daily Star: "One Direction's Harry Styles Knits To Help Him Unwind" (28.05.14)

Click here for news that One Direction star is said to have found knitting relaxing


The Northern Echo : "World Cup Fever Hits Saltburn As Yarn Stormers Strike Again" (24.05.14)

Click here to read more


The Shields Gazette: "Picture Special: Artists Keep Their Knits About Them" (24.05.14)

Click here for a lovely selection of photos from the Herring Exhibition at The Customs House South Shields


BBC News: "Bristol Transformed Into Briswool By Knitters" (13.05.14)

Click here for some beautiful images of this project


Ashbourne News Telegraph: "Get Knitting For The Peak District National Park" (13.05.14)

Click here for details of how you can take part to help celebrate the European Day of National Parks on Saturday, May 24.


Oxford Mail: "Welcome To Thrupp: Please Drive And Knit Safely" (12.05.14)

Click here to read how even the road signs have been knitted in Thrupp


Patchings Art Centre Nottinghamshire: Yarnbombing For Arts Festival 5-8 June (04.05.14)


Yarn Bombing at the Festival. Our newsletter readers will know how we intend to celebrate International Yarn Bombing Day on 7 June during this year's Festival. Work by enthusiasts is well in hand and to encourage and promote the occasion we already have samples around Patchings.

Click here for latest information

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Yarn Shop Day Events 3 May: More Events near you! (02.05.14)

Yarn Shop Day 2014: The Top Tweets!

Click here for round up of day's events from Let's Knit (06.05.14)

Sutton Cold field Observer: "Knitting Fans Given The Chance To Get Creative This Weekend In Sutton" (01.05.14)

Click here for more details about Saturday's events

The Cornishman: "Learn To Knit and Crochet at Love Your Yarn Day in Hayle" (01.05.14)

Click here to read about a special event to teach knitting and spinning


Yarn Shop Day 3 May: Events near you! (22.04.14)

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Bournville, Birmingham
Bromley, Kent
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
Promotions, demonstrations from Val Pierce and Kate Hulme and London Naughty Knitters group Promotions in the shop, Knit Group on hand during the day to invite new members to join Promoting the shop and raising money for Birmingham Children's Hospital
Settle, North Yorkshire
Sittingbourne, Kent
Hackney, London
Celebrating 58 years trading as a family business. Events 3, 6, & 7 May, spinner demonstrating, exhibition of customer's work & promotions. Celebrate Hours' 7th Birthday on 28 April with week long promotions ending 3 May Variety of FUN & FREE drop in style activities downstairs in our 'Imaginerium' craftspace including our famous MACRO knitting, Projects Advice & SOS (save our stitches!), Continental Knitting demos and more!
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Saffron Walden, Essex
Stoke Newington, London
Finger Knitting for children at 'Dave the Woolman's' stall at the outside market 10-2pm

We are holding a day-long celebration in the shop on Saturday, with a fun-packed schedule of knitting and crochet related events.

Free drop-in arm knitting workshop throughout the day, also offering discounts both online and in store. We also have knitting and crochet experts on hand to help with any yarn emergency on the day.

Dornwall West Briton: "Knitted wonder of Flora Day at Helston Museum" (01.05.14)

Click here for news of knitted pairs of dancers, representing the Morning, Children's and Midday Dance.


Derby Telegraph: "Knitter Anne Clark is the yarn bomber of Derbyshire!" (26.04.14)

Click here for article


Morpeth Herald: "Shoals Of Fun For Knitters Helping Out Cultural Project" (22.04.14)

Click here to read how a knitting group in Morpeth has helped with the The Customs House's project: 'Follow The Herring'


Hudderfield Examiner: "Textile Artist Knits Stunning Portrait Of Colne Valley" (22.04.14)

Click here for article and beautiful images of Elizabeth Smith’s work

Didsbury, Greater Manchester: "Thousands Of Easter Chicks Land At Francis House Children's Hospice" (16.04.14)

 

Knitters up and down the country responded to a plea for knitted chicks by sending almost 6,300 woolly creations to Francis House Children’s Hospice in Didsbury, Greater Manchester. The chicks filled with thousands of donated crème eggs were then distributed to 25 junior and primary schools across the north west who then sold them to their pupils to help raise funds. The appeal last year raised almost £4,000 and  with money still being collected after the schools return from their Easter break, this year’s campaign is expected to top £6,500.

 Click here for more on this story

BBC: "Easter Appeal Sees Hospice Receive 6,300 Knitted Chicks" (18.04.14)

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Birmingham Post: "Knitting our Way To A Million Stitch Blanket For The City" (16.04.14)

Click here to see Tim Burgess, singer from The Charlatans, knitting for the Million Stitch Blanket project in Digbeth


Sutton Coldfield Observer: "Group To Knit 1914 Poppies To Create Art For Gardeners' World Live At NEC in June 2014" (16.04.14)

Click here for article


Manx Radio: "Yarn Bombing Plans In Final Stage" (15.04.14)

Click here to read how yarn bombing has reach the Isle of Mann!


Kent Online: "French Knitter Ted Hanniford, of Cavell Way, Sittingbourne, attempts to get into Guiness Book of World Records" (15.04.14)

Click here for full story


University Of The Arts London: "Current Crafts Craze Echoes World War I Knitting Projects" (14.04.14)

Click here for interesting blog entry


Netmums: "How To Do Finger Knitting" (14.04.14)

Click here for fun illustrations of how to do finger knitting


Nottingham Post: Easter Knitting (12.04.14)

Click here to read how a couple from Nottingham have knitted more than 8,000 fluffy chickens to be sold for charity


The Guardian: "Knitting And Needlework: Relaxing Hobbies Or Seditious Activities?" (10.04.14)

Click here for article and here for meaning of 'seditious'!


Cromarty Arts Trust: Lipservice Theatre To Knit New Show (09.04.14)

Following on from their highly successful knitted Inspector Norse show, Lipservice Theatre invite you to help knit even more items for the set

Click here for details


Lancashire Telegraph: "Rossendale Pupils Knit Blanket For Philippine Typhoon Victims" (07.04.14)

Click here to read about Northern Primary School knitting group who have been knitting blankets to send to the Philippines


Sleaford, Lincolnshire: "Keep Calm & Carry Yarn 24th May" (03.04.14)

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The National Centre for Craft & Design has been in touch to tell us about their annual celebration on all things woolly. The date for this year is Saturday 24 May, 10am-4pm, and the event will once again include exhibitions, demonstrations, make & take activities, a Yarn Bike to bomb, and generally lots to get involved with.

Click here for more details of the event


Harrogate: "Textile Artists To Exhibit In Pop-Up Gallery At 'Baa Ram Ewe' April - August" (03.04.14)

Artists working with textiles, fibres and knitted fabrics will have their work exhibited in central Harrogate thanks to a six-month project being run by baa ram ewe on Cold Bath Road. The shop is hosting a rolling exhibition in its side window from April until August, with a new feature every month.

Click here for more information


Westmorland Gazette: "More Than 35 Experts Will Demonstrate Skills At Knit and Stitch Show at Rheged 6 April" (03.04.14)

Click here to read what's on offer at Rheged, near Penrith.


Birstall, Leicestershire: "Mission Woolly Egg Hunt!" Guerilla Knitting (02.04.14)

all images ©Trout Mask, KGB      

Niddy Noddy, KGB has been in contact to ask if anyone would like to join in their 3rd annual Woolly Egg Hunt. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday 15th April.

Click here for full details of how you can take part


Yarn Shop Day Ambassadors Show Their Support (02.04.14)

Click here for details of designers and shops who are taking part and here for more information on the Let's Knit website


East Lothian News: "Shoals Of Knitted Herring Spotted In Musselburgh" (02.04.14)

Click here for news of one of our Community Projects 'Follow The Herring'


York Vision: "Close-Knit Students Take Tour de France By Storm In Knitting Frenzy" (02.04.14)

Click here to read how students will be adding to the mini jerseys for the Tour de France bunting in Harrogate in July


Edinburgh: "Knit And Natter While Unraveling The Art Of Yarn" (29.03.14)

Click here for the latest in knit/crochet in Edinburgh


The West Country: "Bridgwater Knitter Offers Up Knockers" (26.03.14)

Click here for information about how you can help the Knitted Knockers group


The Daily Mail: "Studies Show That KNITTING Can Cure Depression" (25.03.14)

Click here for further proof that knitting is very good for you!


The Guardian: "Harrogate Gears Up For The Tour de France" (25.03.14)

Click here for latest news about the knitted jumper bunting community project


Littlehampton Gazette: "Knitter Eyes Own Marathon Record" (25.03.14)

Click here to read how Susie Hewer is on target to beat her own marathin record to raise money for Alzeimer 's Research


Daily Echo: "Knitting Exhibition In Southampton" (25.03.14)

Click here for news of an exhibition exploring 100 years of knitting between 1914 and 2014


Refinery 29: "Why Knitting Is The New Therapy" (25.03.14)

Click here for article


Skipton Yorkshire: "Skipton ‘Yarnbombed’ To Remind People: Blood Doesn’t Grow On Trees!" (21.03.14)

A town in Yorkshire, recently voted the best place to live in Britain, was ‘yarnbombed’ with knitted blood drops to highlight that blood doesn’t grow on trees and to encourage blood donors to give blood. More than 2,000 blood drops were used to create a spectacle in Skipton town centre, whose name means Sheeptown and it is the home of the Yarndale festival. The event in Skipton marked the finale of a campaign to highlight that blood doesn’t grow on trees.

The yarnbombing campaign, which has been running across England and North Wales over the last month, is also helping to highlight the fact that NHS Blood and Transplant needs to attract new donors. The number of people aged between 17 and 24 signing up to give blood has fallen significantly in recent years. Young donors are important as they are needed to replace those who can no longer donate each year for reasons such as illness, pregnancy or foreign travel.

We want to thank everyone who has supported us, whether they knitted blood drops, shared their story or registered to be a donor.

Click here for further information


Nottingham Post: "Bid To Put Green's Windmill Under Wraps" (17.03.14)

Click here for article about the yarnbombing of a Nottingham windmill 27 March - 2 April


Wakefield Express: "Knitting Star Was Fastest In World" (16.03.14)

Click here to learn more about the first Guinness World Record holder of 'Fastest Knitter'


Dingwall Ross-Shire: First Highland Wool Festival Saturday 24 May (11.03.14)

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Click here for more details


Glenrothes, Fife: Scotland's Knitting Only Show Saturday 17 May (10.03.14)

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Fife: "We’re All In Stitches For CHAS" (08.03.14)

Click here for news of a project to create a seven mile scarf to raise money for a children’s hospice - everyone can help!


Craven Herald & Pioneer: "Pair Spin A Yarn Around Skipton" (08.03.14)

Click here to read about a mini yarnbomb


The Guardian: "Wanted: Knitters To Create Jumpers For Little Penguins" (06.03.14)

Click here for article and pattern


Boston.com: "Can Knitting Improve Health? Craftsy Hosts a Webinar On Crafting For Wellness" (05.03.14)

Click here for more information - Better Lives with Crafting happens Monday, March 10 at 1 p.m. ET


York Press: "Knitting Links Yorkshire Festival And The Tour de France" (01.03.14)

Click here to read how knitting and cycling are being combined in an attempt to link the Yorkshire Festival and the Tour de France


News From Let's Knit Magazine: Are You Ready For Yarn Shop Day On 3rd May? (27.02.14)

Click here to learn how you can help celebrate Yarn Shop Day


British Heart Foundation: "No Smoking Day, 12 March 2014" (26.02.14)

Image ©British Heart Foundation

Vanessa Bracewell is helping to promote No Smoking Day by 'Knitting For Quitting'

Click here to read her story and here for more articles


Messenger News: "John Lewis Partners Go Back To School - And Have Pupils In Stitches" (26.02.14)

Click here for full story


Western Daily Press: "How knitting changed my life" (22.02.14)

Click here to read this story and be inspired


NHS Blood and Transplant: Knit One, Save One: Launch Date 21 February

Public spaces ‘yarnbombed’ to remind people: Blood doesn’t grow on trees!

Yarnbombing – also known as guerrilla knitting - is a type of street art which involves decorating prominent buildings and places with eye-catching knitted objects, often to raise awareness of an issue or promote a worthy cause. Inspired by the trend, staff from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) will be hanging woolly red blood drops from trees in busy public places like town centres, rail stations and shopping arcades over the coming month.

More than 8,000 of the striking decorations have been specially-created by a small army of generous volunteer knitters and supporters who were asked to give up their time to ‘knit one, save one’. Over the next few weeks, the blood drops will be adorning the branches of alders, ashes, beeches and birches around the country to highlight the fact that blood doesn’t grow on trees. Someone, somewhere must donate it before it can be used to save the lives of people undergoing treatment for cancers, blood disorders, surgical procedures and emergency treatment.

NHSBT is hoping that this message particularly resonates with younger people and inspires them to become blood donors. The number of people aged between 17 and 24 signing up to give blood has fallen significantly in recent years*. Young donors are important as they are needed to replace those who can no longer donate each year for reasons such as illness, pregnancy or foreign travel. The campaign will be promoted across social media platforms and will link in with the expanding number of younger knitting enthusiasts, who often share tips, pictures and patterns through blogs, YouTube videos and social media.

Click here for website for more information, here for Facebook and here for Twitter


Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser: "Brownies knit Valentine's Day gift for Dorking Cockerel" (21.02.14)

Click here for new of yarnbombing in Dorking


Daily Mail: "Purl Up With A Good Yarn" (19.02.14)

Click here for article: "Trendsetter Cara Delevingne Keeps Herself Busy Between Fashion Shows With A Spot Of Knitting"


London News: "WI Ladies Make Their Crafty Protest At Ealing Cinema Site" (16.02.14)

Click here to find out more


Romsey Advertiser: "Time For Town To Prove It's A Close-Knit Community" (16.02.14)

Click here for news of a local yarnbombing project


Yorkshire Post: "Woollen Creations To Weave The County Together Ahead Of Tour" (15.02.14)

Click here for details of workshops to take part in The Woolly Bike Trail


Harrogate News: "Thousands Of Coloured Jerseys For Tour de France" (15.02.14)

Click here for call for knitted bunting


Western Gazette: "Help for Somerset flooding victims gets a bit woolly thanks to Sherborne trader" (09.02.14)

Click here for article about Kristen Smith who is busy knitting wellington socks for flood victims


STV Glasgow: "Knit A Woolly Bug To Help Glasgow School Kids Smash A World Record" (09.02.14)

Click here for full details and some amazing bug images


Ravelry: The Winter Olympics Open Today (07.02.14)

Click here to join the Ravelennic Winter Games


Glasgow Evening Times: "Knitting Bugs Hope To Break World Record" (06.02.14)

Click here to read how knitted viruses will be used to help show children the dangers of not washing your hands


Keighley News: "Yellow Jersey Knitting Plan In Silsden" (06.02.14)

Click here for up date on Yellow Jersey knitting in Silsden


Love Knitting Launch Design Competition: "Are You Britain's Next Top Knitwear Designer?" (04.02.14)

Click here for further information. The deadline is 30 April


UKHKA Member, Coats Launch Brand New Website Experience "Make It Coats" (29.01.14)

Click here for new website


Express: "Join The Wool Pack: How To Knit Your Own Jumper" (26.01.14)

Click here for article - Toft helps Paula O’Connor to relearn skills gained in Primary School


Express: "20 Money-Saving Reasons To Be Cheerful This Year" (25.01.14)

"FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY
15. National Knitting Week (ukhandknitting.com) will be happening from October 14-20 and will involve all kinds of knitting events around the country including special workshops for children. Many of the events will be free."


Irish Independent: "Spinning A Tasty Yarn At Winnie's Cafe" (26.01.14)

Click here for news of new wool shop in Dublin


North Devon Journal: "Last chance to see Alison Murray's Giant Textile Books" (23.01.14)

Click here for details and image. Alison's Giant Books will also be on display at the Knitting & Stitching Show Glasgow SECC 6-9 March


Birmingham: Knitting For Charity: Children's Society 'Knit For A Bit' Solihull (21.01.14)

'Banner knitted by Stitch Solihull'
Banner is put in place
Completed Yarnbomb in Touchwood Shopping Centre

Back in December we brought you news of a project to raise awareness of child poverty based in Solihull in the West Midlands. Stitch Solihull took on a challenge to yarnbomb the local Touchwood shopping centre to help promote events. There is stil just time to send knitted squares to be made into blankets and join in a coffee morning this Saturday 25th January from 10.00am

Click here for details on our Knitting For Charity page and here for full story from Stitch Solihull


Exeter Express: "Exeter Knitting Project For Well-Being" (20.01.14)

Click here for information about a knitting project aimed at improving people’s wellbeing


Cornwall: "Can You Help 'Knit' Flora Day?" (17.01.14)

Click here to read how Helston museum have decided to create a woolly tribute to the town’s big day


Glasgow: "Knitting Microbes" (14.01.14)

Four Bacteria photo ©Beth Skwarecki
Microbes ©Glasgow CityofScience

Glasgow City of Science is working with all primary schools in Glasgow on a hand hygiene project in spring 2014 and part of this involves an introduction to microbes. We thought that a good way to introduce this is through small fluffy microbes. Can you help us?
We need at least 140 of each of the different kinds of microbes which are of the small knitted kind about 10 cm long. Knitting patterns are available for the following: tuberculosis, cholera, salmonella, common cold, swine flu, penicillium.

Click here for more information and links to patterns


London: New Knitting Programme Need You! (09.01.14)

Studio Lambert, the makers of Gogglebox, Four in a Bed and Undercover Boss are currently looking into all things wonderfully woolly for a new programme idea about knitting. They are searching for the best characters in the knitting world to be involved with the project. The people they would like to speak to can be young or older, male or female, calm or eccentric…or anything in between, they just need enthusiasm, a strong knowledge of knitting and a passion for purl stitch!

Click here to email Anna if you think this is you, or someone you know with a bit about yourself and a recent photograph:


The Telegraph: "Men’s Knitting: Is It 'The New Yoga’?" (09.01.14)

Click here to read Theo Merz's piece on men/knitting/therapeutic benefits


The Guardian: "How To Knit A Winter Scarf" (09.01.14)

Click here for article and instructions


Treehugger: ""Why Bother Knitting A Scarf?" (09.01.14)

Click here and read if you are thinking of taking up knitting - a must for sceptics!


Canterbury Times: "Brighten Up The Seafront With A Knitted Beach Hut Cosy" (07.01.14)

Click here to read more about this New Year yarnbombing


Knitting Industry: "Knit Me A Fence" (06.01.14)

Click here to see images of knitted fences - let us know if you have one too! Article by 2012 Knitted Textile Award finalist Carlo Volpi


Nottingham Post: "Once You Start Knitting, You Can't Quit" (02.01.14)

Click here to read article


Times Newsfeed: "Google’s Top 10 “How-to” Searches of 2013" (02.01.14)

Click here - No 5 is How To Knit!


The Northern Echo: "Cycling Enthusiasts Urged To Take Up Knitting To Mark Tour de France" (01.01.14)

Click here to read about Le Tour de Bunting - more on our Community Projects page


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