Last time I told you about my charity knitting for premature babies in my region and here to the left you can see two sets I just finished. I’m currently working on the third set. As it is recommended to only use superwash wool and if possible with no more than 40% wool content and I mostly have 100% wool in my stock so I went ahead and ordered some yarn for this project from French company Bergère de France. Here are the colours I chose I think they will look very nice once knitted up 🙂 I’m working on a set now using this yarn. I’m doing a seamless garter stitch sweater in two colours
I’m half way through so far. I’m thinking of doing the bonnet in stripes as well, either stockinette stitch or rib and then garter stitch socks. I’m a big fan of seamless knitting so I think I’m going to be making more of this type of garments for this project. The wool is super soft too so I’m quite happy with the results.
So far we haven’t decided on a date for when we would need to finish and hand over our contribution but I think sometime early summer and I hope to do as many sets as I possibly can before then.
In addition to working on my charity knitting I continue to prepare for Unwind Brighton and working on sets of stitch markers, fibres for spinning and of course I’m working on finishing my hand spun yarns, washing them and re-skeining and at the same time measuring them. It takes a lot of work to prepare for a show and difficult to know how much stock to bring. I’ve been working on some sets of markers using earring fastenings for locking markers these are quite convenient as they can either be used on the needles or for marking particular stitches. Here are photos:
I’m also working on some needle felted markers, I like needle felting but I’m a total beginner but I think this could be a nice addition to my shop, what do you think ?
That’s all for now. Have a great week with lots of fun fibre crafting 🙂
Hi there, it’s been a while since my last post. I must admit I’m not as punctual as I had hoped I would be. I saw myself posting at least once a week and now I find myself posting very irregularly and I hope you forgive me for that.
This time I’m going to talk about charity knitting. Have you done any? I have participated in one for premature babies and once organised one for cancer research and now I’m organising one for the neonatal service of the regional hospital where I live. I participated in a garage sale last weekend and I had a few balls of yarn I didn’t like or think I’d use and so I sold them along with other stuff. One lady stopped by and told me she was a nurse at the neonatal service of the hospital and that they needed handknit clothing and accessories for the tiny babies there. This made me immediately want to help and so I decided to launch an action with my FB friends.
I learned that before the hospital had its own laundry service and so they were able to use and reuse their handknits. Now they no longer have that so all handknits are given to the parents to wash and so basically the handknits their baby gets is a personal gift to them. This means that they desperately need even more handknit items than before. And so with the the help of “SOS PREMA” here in lower Normandy I’m organising a charity effort for them. I’m hoping to get as many knitters to participate as possible. No need to knit tons of items, even if you only knit one, that’s great. The importance being the participation.
Lots of premie knitting patterns can be found for free on the internet and as they are so small, this is a great way of using up our left overs. Have you yourself participated in a charity knitting like this? What was it for and didn’t it make you feel great? So far I have knit one little hat
Another thing related to charity knitting is something I’ve been thinking about for a while and hope to be able to make come true one day. As we all know, knitting is good for our soul and mind and knitting is sometimes used as therapy and I would love to animate a group of knitting in a hospital cancer ward. I think meeting once a month with a group of people and have fun and do something to think of anything but your illness can do a lot of good. If the produce of this fun could also be used for charity the benefit would be double. I could teach patients to knit so both newbies and confirmed knitters, men and women could enjoy the pleasure of knitting, chatting with new friends and at the same time have the pleasure of doing good for others. What do you think? Would that not be a great idea? I just need some extra time to organise this, see if the hospital/clinic would be interested and then some time to actually do it but I do think it would be great and so giving. We could knit hats for cancer patients, both for adults and children and/or we could knit for premature babies or for women shelters or homeless shelters. The possibilites are endless. I hope my idea may inspire you also to maybe launch into some charity knitting in your community. Double the pleasure of knitting by giving something to those less fortunate.
If you participate in charity knitting, please share your experience with us and if you are a charity in need of handknits please contact us and share your needs here and hopefully we will find knitters to help.
Have a great weekend:)