October Newsletter

 

The Great Knitfest

Want to have fun? Come to the 1st Knit for Peace KNITFEST at Chelsea Old Town Hall on 5th November.

Tickets: £12 for adults; (£15 on the day) £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: Freeform Crochet 2.30 – 4.30 – *NB. change of topic*

Renée Callahan: Brioche Stitch Basics 2.30 – 4.30 *FULLY BOOKED*

Tickets £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.

Tickets are £25 (adult) and £15 (child 8-15). Book HERE.

1 hour session hourly from 10:30am until 5:30pm.

Talks:

11 am: Dani Liebeck: 365 Scarf Project

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

2pm: Kate Bullock & Rowena Dunn: Gene Project: Knitting the genetic code

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

Regretfully Susan Crawford has had to withdraw.

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.

Stop Press: Warm and Woolly for Winter Patterns

 

warm and woolly for winter

A complete digital booklet of patterns for scarves and some gloves. 8 fabulous designs by 7 fantastic designers.

Proceeds from the sale of these patterns will support the distribution of warm knitting donated by generous knitters to needy people in the UK and abroad.

Why not make them in time for the Knitfest on November 5, and come and show them off?

£12.95 for the complete booklet (or more if you can manage)

£3 per separate design – click on any image below to purchase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

STOP PRESS

Juliet Bernard will be joining us and promises to lead our scratch choir singing Scottish balads. She’ll also be available to share her knitting hints!

Juliet Bernard

Juliet Bernard

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.

Knit for Peace Christmas Cards

In partnership with our sister charity Card Aid, we have a stunning new range of Christmas cards for 2017, all to help raise money for Knit for Peace’s distribution costs.

To purchase any of the designs, CLICK HERE.

Or if you’d like to see cards for a range of causes, please visit Card Aid’s site HERE.

 

Thank you

We have been very touched by the kind words sent in with your knitting and wanted to share a few:

“… we enjoy having a purpose to knit for and thank you for your hard work distributing the knitwear.” – Heart ‘N’ Hands

“I learned of your existence and wonderful charitable work… We hope our effort will be of use to someone in need.” – Diane

“I have enjoyed knitting these items and know they will find a good home.'” – Margaret

“I love having the opportunity to knit such diverse items. I hope the wearers get as much pleasure from wearing them as I did making them.” – Denise

“Keep at it, its worthwhile for humanity.” – Patricia

Thank you everyone.

Knitting Needed

As the cold weather creeps in, we are getting more and more requests for knitting.

Just for the moment, please don’t send in any more squares that need making into blankets or dressing gowns because we can’t keep up with the inflow.

To find out how to help, click HERE.