September Newsletter

Want to have fun?

Come to the first Knit for Peace Knitfest

Chelsea Old Town Hall on 5th November.

Tickets are £12 for adults and £6 for children over 6. Book here

Exhibitors: Over 40 exhibitors, carefully chosen to offer a wide range of all things

Knitterly (and Crochet-y), Card Aid shop. Lots of unusual Christmas presents. Pop-up Museum Shop and café.

Courses: Leading experts teach you how to improve your techniques

Debbie Bliss: Perfecting techniques for a professional finish 10.30 – 12.30

Sasha Kagan: Design inspiration for knitters 10.30 – 12.30

Jane Crowfoot: It’s all in the finishing, neat edges & seams 2.30 – 4.30

Renée Callahan: Brioche Stitch Basics 2.30 – 4.30

Tickets are £45 per course. Book here

Learn to Knit: Patient experienced teachers will show how to cast on, cast off and knit plain and pearl stitches. 1 hour session hourly from 10:30am until 5:30pm.

Tickets are £25 (adult) and £15 (child 8 – 15). Book here.

Talks:

11 am: Dani Liebeck: 365 Scarf Project

12 pm: The Knitting & Crochet Guild: The History of Knitting

2 pm: Susan Crawford: From Fleece to Needle

3 pm: Dame Hilary Blume: The Health Benefits of Knitting

Tickets are free with entry to the KnitFest. Pre-booking is advised. Book here.

Pop-­up Knitting Group: 5 pm -­ 8 pm

Note: On-­street parking on Sunday.


Knit for Peace Country House Party

Newbattle Abbey, Edinburgh March 14th -­ 17th 2018

Combine a visit to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival with a chance to visit Edinburgh and its surroundings. Non-­knitters welcome!

Newbattle Abbey was founded as a Cistercian Monastery in 1140, with the Reformation it became the ancestral home of the Lothian family. In 1937, the Marquis of Lothian gave Newbattle Abbey to the nation to be used as an educational establishment. It’s now a training college for mature students.

Set in 125 acres of park land, both the building and its grounds are listed as items of outstanding architectural and archaeological importance and the reception rooms (in which we’ll be holding some of our evening meetings) have been described as the most beautiful in Scotland.

Bedrooms are basic but clean, with ensuite facilities and tea and coffee making equipment in the rooms. Nearby attractions include a whiskey distillery, the Mining Museum Scotland and the Rosslyn Chapel.

Cost is £595 which includes a £100 donation to Knit for Peace. By holding our event at Newbattle Abbey, we’re supporting the work of this charitable institution. This price includes three nights bed and breakfast (arriving on the 14th and departing the morning of the 17th), access to the grounds, the historic buildings, and evening events. We will also be organising optional visits to New Lanark, and to projects supported by the Charities Advisory Trust, our parent charity.

For more information and to book click here.  


Knitting Urgently Needed

As winter approaches, blankets in large, medium and small sizes, adult hats and scarves, and school jumpers particularly for primary school children are in dire need. To find out how to help, click here.

We can’t keep up with sewing all the squares together, so please try to make them into blankets or dressing gowns. A jolly group activity, so why not invite friends and neighbours for a ‘make up a blanket’ session.