Knit hats to help St Mungo's

We love knitting hats at this time of year, and St Mungos are giving us the perfect excuse! The charity help thousands of homeless people each year and you can help too by taking part in Woolly Hat Day.

Martin FreemanIt’s happening this year on Friday 31 January, and playing your part is simple. There are three easy-to-follow knitting patterns to choose from, all available for free from the St Mungo’s website.

Charity project needs your knitting!

Tracie Blaise is the founder of a charity stitching group in the USA, “Springfield Stitches for a Cause” and she's contacted us to ask for your help. Currently the group is knitting for the Pink Kick-Starter Project who provide kits to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, with everything they need to begin their fight against cancer; the Springfield stitchers are providing them with chemo caps.

After September, however, the charity stitching group will move onto a new project, so they need your help to keep supplying the chemo caps to cancer sufferers. 

Support Veuf Tricot as he runs the London Marathon for Refuge

You may remember reading about Veuf Tricot's fundraising for Refuge, when he released a trio of designs "Ready, Steady, Go!" back in February.

Now Veuf, aka James Arnall-Culliford, has just 13 days until the enormous challenge of running the London Marathon on April 21st. Thanks to the huge generosity of his supporters, including many knitters, he's already passed his original fundraising target, and now hopes to raise £3000 for Refuge. 

You can support him too, by buying his set of charity patterns on Ravelry, or visit his Just Giving page to donate, and keep an eye on his progress.

Feline friends at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show

The annual knitting-fest at Olympia is less than two weeks away, so you're probably busy working out which stalls to visit first. The Cats Protection charity will be attending for the first time this year, so in addition to all the yarn-based delights, why not take a few moments to stop by their stall and chat to them about our feline friends? 

Juliet's blog - knit a pocket of love for a child in need

Ruth and Belinda – girls with heart

"I have been lucky enough to spend a bit of time with Ruth and Belinda over the last year, and they are a breath of fresh air - as well having an approach to knitting that's huge fun and completely heartfelt. 

Their most recent project is called Heartsease, which aims to draw attention to how many kids are not being properly ‘cared for’ in the UK. Belinda explained how the project came about: 'We went to meet the formidable and vital Camila Batmanghelidjh (founder of Kids Company) at the end of last year, to see if we could collaborate on a project with her and her team and she was thrilled.'

Loving Hands charity update

You may remember reading about Loving Hands in issue 52's charity knitting feature - co-ordinated by Lou Jaap, Loving Hands sends hand-knitted items to a variety of worthy causes around the world. And now they're delighted to be the Official Charity for 2013 of the Knit&StitchIt exhibition in Farnborough this March. 

If you're planning to attend the event, from 1st to 3rd March, you can take along your knitted items to donate; the current campaigns include knitted boobs to help student midwives' breastfeeding training, baby clothes for newborns in Africa, dogs' coats for homeless dogs, and hats and gloves for seamen around the world. 

Knitting patterns to change the world!

Work+Shelter cabled clutchOkay, not the whole world, but perhaps one corner of it! The WORK+SHELTER  foundation helps women from the slums of New Delhi by offering them the means to make a living via knitting.

You can help too, simply by buying one of the WORK+SHELTER accessory patterns available on the Sweatshop of Love websiteWe love this cabled clutch. There are also mittens, snood, leg warmers, funky handwarmers, and so much more.

A great way to get you new year's knitting off to a fabulously altruistic start!


The importance of knitting for fun

Juliet Bernard reminds us, and herself, that sometimes it’s good to knit just for fun…

I recently realised that my knitting was becoming a chore. I know, it surprised me too. Every evening was filled with knitting something that I hadn’t chosen, and for someone else’s deadline. 

Juliet Bernard innocent hats

Sure, it is all knitting, which makes it wonderful to me, but it wasn’t always what I wanted to knit.

Charity knits for blustery days

Juliet Bernard urges us to use our knitting skills to help others this autumn.

Kay Gardiner  Cornerstone blanketA this time of year I like to walk my dogs round Stanborough lake in Welwyn Garden City and see the landscape change. Our new puppy loves to chase the leaves as the wind catches them.  It may have been a bit blustery in Hertfordshire but nothing compared to other parts of the world.

In October, Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of America, leaving a trail of devastation and driving countless people from their homes.

Even now, people are still suffering, not able to return to their homes or even know where their next meal is coming from. I guess many of us feel pretty powerless and at a loss how to help. 

Well, here is a tale of ‘hands across the water’ (or should that be knitting needles?) to raise money to help  vulnerable people. 

Christmas Jumper Day raises funds for Save the Children

Christmas Jumper Day logoRachel Atkinson attended a Christmas Jumper Day knitting event on behalf of The Knitter, and got right into the festive spirit!

On Thursday evening I had the pleasure of attending a Save the Children knitting event with Debbie Bliss, Trisha Malcolm (Editor- of Vogue Knitting), and a delightful group of bloggers as they launched their first Christmas Jumper Day fundraiser taking place on Friday 14th December.

Christmas Jumper Day cr Magda Rakita/Save the Children