Nailsea Knits for those in Need
We’re launching our annual community project in September and we need your helping hands. So many people around the world are in desperate need, we wanted to do something to help. When one of my team of exhibitors, Lesley Gleeson, suggested a “yarn” project, I knew our customers would love to get involved. We want everyone to be knitting and crocheting for others less fortunate this autumn. We’ll send everything to @KnitforPeace to distribute to their wide ranging programmes and projects.
From September through November, The Blue Room in Nailsea is collecting new hand-knitted, or crocheted, garments, toys or squares to send to @KnitforPeace.
@KnitforPeace distributes regularly to over 200 outlets, including hospitals, women’s refuges, refugee drop in centres, prisons, community groups, and hospices as well as to developing countries.
How you can help
1. Knit or Crochet a Garment or toy
We’re looking for any item for any age, any size and for both girls and boys, men and women. There are lots of patterns available free on the internet and on Knit for Peace website: www.knitforpeace.org.uk.
If you are making toys, please embroider the face rather than using sew-on eyes etc.
2. Knit or Crochet Squares
The squares will be made up into blankets and dressing gowns. We’d like squares approx 4in x 4in or 8in x 8in. Don’t worry if they aren’t exact, we can sort that during sewing up. In order to keep the items even, please use double knitting yarn. Squares can be any colour, any pattern.
To knit a 4in x 4in square, using 4mm (UK size 8) needles cast on 22 stitches and work 28 rows.
It’s a great way to use up odds and ends of yarn.
If you can’t knit and would like to learn, join our workshops beginning 22nd September. Details can be found here.
3. Donate yarn or needles/crochet hooks
Knit for Peace send yarn (part used balls are fine) and needles/hooks to refugees so they can make things for themselves. If you don’t have any at home, all these items can very often be found in charity shops – so you would be giving to two charities!
4. Donate to help with postage
If we gather as many items as we hope, the postage to send it all to Knit for Peace will be quite considerable. So, there will be a collection tin on the counter throughout the autumn project. Please consider a donation when you’re next in The Blue Room.
5. Volunteer to help with the sewing up
There’ll be a lot of sewing to do, to make all our squares into blankets and dressing gowns. The latter are for the Keep Britain Warm Campaign and thought to be better than blankets for warmth and ease of use.
If you’re popping in for a cuppa in The Blue Room Tearoom, why not sew up a few squares while you’re there? Or keep an eye on our website/social media for news of sewing bees!
6. Add to our community squares
There will be knitting and crochet squares ‘on the go’ in the Blue Room Tearoom… why not pick one up and add to it while you’re waiting for your friend or while you chat?
It all helps!
Please bring items into The Blue Room before 30th November. We will be sending our collected work to @knitforpeace at the beginning of December.
If you have trouble getting your items to us in Nailsea, please get in touch and we’ll organise a local pick up.
Thank you for all your help!