Help for American & Canadian knitters

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If you live in the USA or Canada, you might like to know that we ​send out copies from the UK, but we also also ​offer a bespoke service. Dorothy and Bernie Rosman are our distributors for the USA and Canada and they look after all our readers personally. They sell new Silver Reed knitting machines, used Brother, Knitking, Studio and Silver Reed models as well as carrying many needed parts for Brother, Studio, Singer and Silver Reed knitting machines. Machine Knitting Monthly can be ordered direct from http://www.customknitsmfg.com and they also distribute Machine Knitting Monthly by subscription or single copies.

 

Craft Central Winter Market

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Craft Central will hold its first Winter Market in its new London home, The Forge, from 24th to 26th November, bringing together over 50 talented craftspeople to sell handmade products ranging from home accessories, fashion and jewellery to ceramics, stationery, prints and more. This festive event is a chance for visitors to meet and shop directly from designer-makers, explore Craft Central’s imaginatively converted 19th century Victorian forge building, take part in one of the family craft workshops and and enjoy a drink in the pop-up café. The Winter Market will feature work by makers selected from Craft Central’s network of 700 designer-makers, including: Frank Horn’s handcrafted leather accessories made in London using vegetable-tanned leather; Rachel Cox’s functional ceramic tableware created in a range of block colours; geometric, monochrome lino-cut prints by Charis Tsang; and knitted home accessories by Kate Jones, which she creates using natural fibres that are spun and dyed in the British Isles.  Products on sale at the Winter Market will range in price from £2.50 to £500.

Craft Central is a charity that has supported craftsmanship and craftspeople in the UK for 40 years. It moved to The Forge in the Isle of Dogs, East London in September. This Grade II listed iron works has been imaginatively converted to provide creative studios, workshops, offices, shared work spaces and the Exhibition Hall.  By moving to the Isle of Dogs, Craft Central is bringing design and making back to an area of traditional industry. The Winter Market is part of Craft Central’s ongoing programme of public events at The Forge, which include open studio events and its popular Craft It Yourself workshops, positioning the building as a destination in its own right and bringing new commercial life into the area.  Through these events, Craft Central will also become a creative hub for the local community.

Opening hours are Friday 24th November 5.00 to 8.00 pm (late opening event). Saturday 25th November 11.00 am to 6.00 pm. Sunday 26th November 11.00 am to 5.00 pm. There’s free entry and no advance booking is required.

Craft Central is at The Forge, Westferry Road 397-411, London E14 3AE. The Forge is close to the river and within easy access of Greenwich, Canary Wharf and Surrey Quays. It’s a five-minute walk from Mudchute station on the DLR. There’s free on street parking after 5.30 pm on  weekdays and all weekend. Discover more at www.craftcentral.org.uk  Instagram / Twitter / Facebook: @CraftCentralUK

 

Knit For Peace

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NOVEMBER 5th 2017

Responding to the knitting craze that’s sweeping the country, Knit for Peace, a charity with 20,000 volunteer knitters, donating their knitting for those in need at home and abroad, is holding a stylish new event: The Great Knitfest 2017.

Following on from the tradition of craft exhibitions at Chelsea Old Town Hall, the KnitFest offers it all: courses, shopping, talks, learn to knit sessions. Expert knitters from around the country have sent in wonderfuly handmade items; baby clothes, scarves, blankets, all to be sold in aid of Knit for Peace’s work around the world.

At The Great Knitfest you can:

  • Learn to knit with experienced knitters
  • Improve your knitting skills with courses from the country’s leading designers
  • Buy specially designed kits for knitting and crochet that are being launched at the KnitFest
  • Get unusual yarns and knitting accessories
  • Unusual gifts with a knitting theme
  • Find real charity Christmas cards at the Card Aid pop-up store
  • Have fun at our old-fashioned Christmas fair with bran tubs, tombola, bowling, and all the fun of the fair
  • Hear about knitting holidays – from India to Edinburgh!
  • Buy Good Gifts to support those in need worldwide

For general enquiries, please e-mail: knitforpeace@charitiesadvisorytrust.org.uk or phone 0207 794 9835

http://www.knitforpeace.org.uk

Join an autumn charity knit and crochet project

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This is the time of year when many of us turn our thoughts and needles to knitting gifts for Christmas and the UK Hand Knitting Association hopes we can find a bit of time to help with their Christmas Appeal. Last year they asked us to knit or crochet festive stockings which they turned into strings of bunting and sent them out to care homes, hospices, lunch clubs and even a food bank. They had more than 1,100 stockings arrive at their office and were amazed with the generosity of knitters.

This year they’re again asking us for Christmas stockings and there are three patterns on their website to help you. They’ll be turning the stockings into Christmas decorations, so feel free to decorate them with beads or sequins. If you’re visiting Yarndale or The Knitting and Stitching shows at Alexandra Palace and Harrogate they’ll be selling these stockings to raise money for Mind, a wonderful charity that works for better mental health for everyone and who are well known for their Crafternoon campaign.

Any stockings that are left over will be sent out to care homes, hospices etc, so if you know of an organisation that would like some stockings please do let them know by emailing Juliet@ukhandknitting.com

If you’ve a bit of spare yarn and half an hour, please consider making a stocking for their Christmas Appeal. You can drop your stockings off at the shows mentioned above or please send them to UK Hand Knitting, 60 Bridge Road East, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 1JU and please include your name and address so they can be sure to thank you.

Thank you for being so wonderful.

Sewing and craft volunteers needed to help homeless people this Christmas

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National homelessness charity Crisis is calling on keen knitters, craft enthusiasts and people with sewing and alteration skills to help boost homeless people’s self-esteem at their temporary centres this Christmas.

In its 50th anniversary year, Crisis at Christmas runs from 22nd to 29th December 2017 with centres set to open across London, Birmingham, Newcastle, Coventry and Edinburgh. One in four homeless people will face spending Christmas alone this year. With the homelessness crisis worsening, Crisis says the centres are needed now more than ever. As well as warmth, companionship and hot meals, guests will receive healthcare and specialist advice on housing, work and benefits. The sewing service team plays a vital role carrying out repairs to guests’ clothing and belongings, with a variety of roles on offer from experts at making and repairing clothes to keen enthusiasts who can help with basic tasks such as sewing on buttons and taking up hems. There are also roles available for people to run craft sessions in everything from knitting to T-shirt making, helping guests try something new and develop their skills. Crisis at Christmas centres are run by thousands of volunteers from all walks of life with registration now open at crisis.org.uk/volunteer.

Long-term volunteer Kerry Smith said:  “I started volunteering at Crisis five years ago after signing up as a general volunteer. Giving a little bit of my time to help others felt like the right thing to do. From the second I walked in I knew I had made the right decision. Seeing all the services available to those who needed it most and the enormous part the volunteers play in making it all happen blew me away!”

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: “Without our volunteers, Crisis at Christmas simply wouldn’t exist to help provide a warm, safe place to those with nowhere to call home. It’s because of their generosity that we can bring thousands of people friendship, support, and life-changing services each and every Christmas. And though we work all year round to help people experiencing homelessness – we know that the Christmas season should be a special time for everyone and that no one should have to spend it alone. So as our charity turns 50, we will work harder than ever to make homelessness a thing of the past. And until then our volunteers will remain at the heart of what we do.”

Will you knit socks for hospice patients for Christmas?

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Terminal illness charity, Marie Curie, is calling on knitters to make socks for the 229 patients who will be spending Christmas Day in one of its nine hospices. The charity is hoping the socks will bring some festive cheer to the in-patients, some of whom will be trying to enjoy their last Christmas with their family and friends. A doctor at the charity began knitting socks for her patients after reading about three sisters who were selling special yarn in aid of the charity.

Dr Sarah Holmes, Consultant at the Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford and keen knitter, said: “Each year we give every patient who is staying at the hospice over Christmas a small gift bag. After reading about a special yarn in Marie Curie colours it sparked an idea – to knit socks using the yarn and then add them to the gifts bags on Christmas Day.”

While Sarah had set out on knitting socks for patients at the Bradford hospice she has now taken her challenge nationwide: “I’m now aiming to give socks to every patient who will be staying in a Marie Curie hospice on Christmas Day but need some help – I need to make 229 pairs in total. I can’t quite believe what I’ve started but it’s really great to see fellow knitters getting involved and sending me socks.”

Can you help Sarah achieve her goal? To buy the special Marie Curie yarn from cityknits.co.uk click here.

Sisters Sally, Caroline and Julie, who run Christine’s Woolshop, are donating £2 from every sale of the yarn to the charity, after their mum was cared for by Marie Curie Nurses. If you need design inspiration Dr Holmes has posted a pattern for the socks here on Ravelry. You can also use yarn in Marie Curie colours – yellow, blue and white.

Please send your knitted socks to: Smita Mistry, Marie Curie Communications Dept. 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP or you can contact her for more information on 020 7091 6650 / smita.mistry@mariecurie.org.uk

Country Knitting of Maine

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Linda Williams publishes the Country Knitting of Maine News & Magazine and she’d like to let International friends know that her magazine is now only available direct through her. If you’ve been buying it elsewhere, please get in touch with Linda at oth98@hotmail.com for a full update. With the recent changes, Linda has decided to make the current issue available as a PDF file. This means you can now print it in full colour or use it direct from your computer. If you don’t have a computer the magazine will still be published in the usual printed format. Linda tells us the PDF file will be available on each issue for 60 days and then the next issue will become the current PDF version. Back issues will not be available as PDFs, but you can always order printed copies. Contact Linda direct at Country Knitting Of Maine, 351 White Schoolhouse Road, Madison, ME 04950-3202, USA or check out her website at www.countryknittingofmaine.com

November 2017 (Issue 237)

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November 2017 is our current issue and officially on sale on 12th October. If you order a subscription and latest issue bundle, we’ll send you this magazine and your subscription will start with December 2017, to be sent out to subscribers on 2nd November.