Third Vault Yarns talk and trunk show on Yarn Shop Day: Saturday 6th May
Lola of the amazing sci-fi and fantasy themed Third Vault Yarns will be here to talk about her hand-dyed yarns, where she gets her inspiration from and how that translates into developing and dying colours, and bring samples for you to squish. Please book your (free) space in advance (you can book online here). The first five people to book are guaranteed a goody bag when they attend!
- 3.30 - 5.30pm: Trunk show
Here's where you get to rummage in piles of loveliness and take Lola's beautiful yarns home with you!
Goody bags will go to the first ten people to spend £20 in-store on Yarn Shop Day (includes the morning) and the first five people to book the talk.
Local charities who would love you to knit or crochet
Edward House Residential Home - can you spare an hour for one Saturday morning a month to join the knit & natter session with the ladies in Cambridge? It is always great fun and the ladies can often teach you a thing or two! Tea, coffee & biscuits are provided and the residents are always delighted to meet new people. If you would like to join them please drop them an email. Rosie in Stitches - sell your knitted items to raise money for Rosie Maternity Hospital in Cambridge. Blue Cross - they'd like blankets to keep their cats warm and snug whilst they wait to find new homes.
Cambridgeshire Libraries would like knitted or crocheted character toys for their story sacks. When stories are read aloud, the character toys help bring the story to life. Toys must be child-safe, made of washable materials with eyes and noses embroidered on. They can be dropped off at Cambridge Central Library (they are circulated to all Cambridgeshire libraries). A list of characters desired and some patterns can be obtained from Frances.
Addenbrookes are looking for hand knitted and crocheted blankets for babies in the intensive care department. The blankets need to be a plain knit with no holes, machine-washable at a high temperature, and measure 16x22 inches, they have a shortage of white blankets. For more information email Collette.
Addenbrookes would like crocheted octopuses for their premature baby unit. Research has proven the tentacles of a crocheted octopus remind babies of the umbilical cord and being in their mother’s womb, making them feel safe. Machine-washable yarn please. They can be posted to or dropped off at the ACT office.
If you are inclined to knit or crochet for charity but these local projects aren't what you are looking for, the UKHKA have a list of charity projects from across the nation.
If you have wool you wish to give away, these organisations can put them to good use.
Cambridge Community Scrapstore
Papworth Trust Cambridge Centre
Melanie Gall's operatic tour
Book reading with Elspeth Rushbrook
Tour de France yarnbombing
You've done it folks! In under four months we've knitted, crocheted or sewn well over 2,000 jerseys for the Tour de France 2014, that's half a kilometre of bunting! See the photos here.
Beekeeper Quilt Challenge
In February 2012 we set a challenge to all knitters in Cambridgeshire to pick up their needles to raise money for Arthur Rank Hospice. The aim was to make a kingsize Beekeeper's Quilt out of “hexipuffs", and we needed about 1,400 to make a kingsize quilt.
After nearly a year of work with contributions from over 50 people, the quilt was completed. To our knowledge, it is the biggest quilt of its kind in the world.
The raffle for the quilt raised over £1,047 for Arthur Rank Hospice. It was drawn on April 12th 2013 and won by Deborah Neiger.