Getting involved

KFP India

Nearly 1,000 warm jumpers, hats and scarves were distributed to Afghanistan, north India, and Nepal thanks to Knitters for Peace! The weather has been exceptionally cold, with reports that over 30 children have died of cold at one settlement outside Delhi, so the clothes were really appreciated. Thanks to Knit for Peace India for arranging the distribution.

Knit with Erika Knight, our first Knit for Peace knitting holiday, at the Green Hotel Mysore, India, was an enormous success. The weather was perfect. We sat and knitted under a shady verandah with soft breezes. Erika taught endless new techniques – everything from making up to intarsia and knitting with fabric strips. There were plenty of opportunities to see Mysore’s palaces, temples and markets and enjoy extraordinary shopping opportunities. We arrived as strangers, but left as friends.

There was also an opportunity to see projects supported by Knit for Peace and its parent charity. An unforgettable experience was hosting 60 former street children and teaching them to finger-knit!

“My time at the Green Hotel was one of the best holidays I have had and there is the bonus of getting involved with Knit for Peace projects too” said one participant, whilst another knitter “thought it was great and really enjoyed every aspect” – after roaring endorsements such as this, we’re hoping to make our knitting holiday an annual event, so we’ll see you on the next one!!

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The wonderful Erika Knight, teaching former street children how to finger-knit

 

Knitting needed: If you would like to help us meet the demand for more adult clothing here in the UK, Let’s Knit (who are featuring us as their charity of the month this March!) have this lovely pattern for a man’s hat, mitts and scarf set – and it’s free to  use.

 

 

 

Flood alertHelp save our knitting shops

The survival of independent knitting shops may be at risk because of the flooding. We are compiling a list of shops adversely affected by the floods, with the hope of extending a helping hand to them. Please tell us of any shop that is affected. We have launched an appeal to help.

Thank you for your ongoing support; donations continue to pour in and those who receive the knitting are always so grateful for the lovingly crafted items they receive.