KNITTING NEWS 2014
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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
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
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)
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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
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!
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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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)
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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.
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)
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.
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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)
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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)
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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)
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)
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)
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
East Lothian News: "Shoals Of Knitted Herring Spotted In Musselburgh" (02.04.14)
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)
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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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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
Click here to learn how you can help celebrate Yarn Shop Day
British Heart Foundation: "No Smoking Day, 12 March 2014" (26.02.14)
Vanessa Bracewell is helping to promote No Smoking Day by 'Knitting For Quitting'
Messenger News: "John Lewis Partners Go Back To School - And Have Pupils In Stitches" (26.02.14)
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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.
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)
Express: "20 Money-Saving Reasons To Be Cheerful This Year" (25.01.14)
"FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY
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)
Birmingham: Knitting For Charity: Children's Society 'Knit For A Bit' Solihull (21.01.14)
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
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)
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?
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!
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)