The new year has been ushered in with two requests for knitters and crocheters to produce some fun animals for good causes.
First up is the Skanda Vale Hospice in South Wales.
Patients have been helped by visits from a live elephant, so to raise money for a new unit the team are asking knitters to produce woolly elephants to be sold through the hospice shop.
There is a suggested pattern to download here
but elephants from other patterns will also be welcome.
Meanwhile, the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary
would like to hear from anyone interested in making "donkeys" of all shapes and sizes for its fundraising campaign. Please contact the charity if you can help.