Commit to Knit for National Knitting Week

Recently we asked you to nominate your favourite charity that takes knitted or crocheted items and we were amazed by the response.  We were inundated with nominations and we have now contacted all the charities and voluntary organisations just to make sure they want to take part.

The list for 2015 is now complete and it’s time for you and your friends to Commit to Knit.

It really couldn’t be easier.  Just follow this link, choose a charity and get knitting. By doing so you will help the charity by providing items for their campaigns and raising awareness of what they do.

But before you do we have put together a little bit of information with a link to each organisation so you can find out exactly what items they are looking for.

Knit for Peace  is an initiative of the Charities Advisory Trust. It grew out of projects developed in Rwanda and India, which brought together women of traditionally hostile communities to knit clothes for street children and orphans.

Knit a Square is looking for 20cm squares to help keep AIDS orphans in South Africa warm.

Needles & Hooks, Angels & Preemies  make items for premature and angel  babies as well as the homeless, cancer patients, dementia patients and children with brain injuries across the UK.  Join their Facebook group to find out what they need most at the moment.

National Animal Welfare Trust are always looking for blankets and squares for their local centres.

Knitted Knockers  was set up to relieve the needs of women who have had a mastectomy or lumpectomy by the provision of a knitted or crocheted prosthesis. They will be looking for new volunteers after 11th September.

Following the success of Woolly Hat Day  2015, St Mungo’s will soon be launching their campaign for 2016.

p/hop  is a knitting fundraiser for MSF. Simply choose your pattern, enjoy your knitting, make a donation. Turn your joy of knitting into vaccines, midwives, malaria treatments.

Woolly Hugs  hopes that through it’s work, babies, children and their families will feel love, support, comfort and a physical reassurance through their blankets. They currently have ongoing projects for the Brompton Hospital in London and The Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.

Woolies for the World is a small community of volunteers looking for all kinds of knitted items that are distributed all over the world.

Mission to Seafarers  cares for seafarers from around the world who need warm clothing. They need balaclavas, scarves, gloves and hats in any colours.

Twiddlemuffs for Dementia Sufferers are what the Hampshire NHS Trust are looking for. A twiddlemuff is a knitted hand muff with items such as beads, zips and ribbons attached both on the inside and outside which have been designed and developed to provide simple stimulation for restless hands and to promote increased brain stimulation in those suffering from dementia.

Sands UK  is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity who have a constant need for white baby blankets. They have patterns available if you contact them.

For more than 10 years, Age UK has been involved in The Big Knit with smoothie brand innocent.  They are looking for 800,000 little knitted hats, which will be put on bottles to raise money for the charity.

Headway is the Brain Injury Association.  They have a wide network of shops where hats and mitts are sold to raise funds.

The RSPCA rehomes thousands of animals and knitted blankets are so useful to help them settle with their new family.  Blankets should be sent to your local centre.

Tiny Treasures is a non-profit organisation who’s aim is to supply items of clothing and toys to hospitals across the UK for babies who are born prematurely, are in NICU or who have sadly passed away. Join the Facebook group for more information.

If your charity isn’t on the list and you have already nominated them it is because they aren’t able to take part this year.

Whoever you knit or crochet for, thank you so much for volunteering for this year’s Commit to Knit and don’t forget to share pictures of what you have made on our Facebook page.
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