PASSING ON YOUR KNITTING SKILLS TO THE NEXT GENERATION IN 2014
KNIT 1, Hook 1- PASS IT ON
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JOIN OUR VOLUNTEERS TO: "Knit1 & Pass It On"
We need volunteers who can come along to any of the Spring shows in 2014 (see below for details) at Glasgow, Olympia, Birmingham and Excel in London and spend a couple of hours showing visitors how to knit or crochet. We need you to be able to explain how to cast on, (in more than one way if possible) how to increase/decrease and cast off. Anyone who volunteers only needs to be confident in the basics of knitting and/or crocheting. We know there are lots of you out there who would love to share your knowledge and enthusiasm for knitting and we look forward to hearing from you.
'Linking Up' With Craft Club at ICHF Shows Glasgow (6-9 March), Birmingham (20-23 March) and London (3-5 April)
The WI knitted chain was measured for a new World Record for 'The Longest Chain' at Exeter in September 2013 and measured almost 1 Kilometer long. We're not quite there yet, so there is still time for you to join in at the Spring Shows
Click here for Chain Pattern and details of where to send your chain
We will again be knitting our 'Woodlands PicKnit' at the Twisted Thread Spring Knitting & Stitching Show Olympia Two and West Hall London
Click here for patterns to knit from and bring them along to share or visit the stand to see more patterns available.
See below for how to complete volunteer registration form
How To Volunteer
In return for a few hours of your time we offer a fun packed day including free entry to the show
If you would like to help or know of anyone else, please let us know. Places are limited, so please contact us soon.
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Volunteers are needed for the following shows:
6 March - 9 March Creative Stitches & Hobbycraft, SECC Glasgow
13 March - 16 March Twisted Thread Spring Knitting & Stitching Show Olympia Two and West Hall London
20 March - 23 March Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch, NEC
3 April - 5 April Creative Stitches & Hobbycraft, Excel London
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Here are some comments from visitors who have been taught to knit:
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We have been extremely grateful for all the generous help from knitting and crochet enthusiasts who have given up their time to pass on their knitting and crochet skills at previous shows up and down the country, supporting our campaign to convey the joy of yarn crafts to the next generation. However we will still need extra pairs of hands in 2013.
The fabulous yarns and the sight of people knitting tempts visitors at the shows to take a break and sit and learn to knit. The sheer pleasure of handling the yarns is a real stress buster so hand knitting not only satisfies the fashion conscious but also provides a perfect therapy, bringing a sense of calm to the constant rush and pressure of life today.
There have never been so many fantastic yarns with colours and textures to suit every taste, style and pocket. Not only is the current trend for chunky knits encouraging complete newcomers to the craft, but it is also rekindling the interest of lapsed knitters. The enthusiasm extends to crochet, which is also very 'hot' again with accessories such as bags and scarves are proving really popular. There is also a keen interest in home accessories such as knitted or crocheted cushion covers and throws.
What the UK Hand Knitting Association would appreciate now is your help in the future consumer shows. We need knitters and crocheters to give a few hours of their time to pass on their skills to newcomers to the craft. You don't need to be an expert, as long as you have basic skills in knitting or crochet (not necessarily both). It is your enthusiasm that is more important than anything else.