Local groups and events

Third Vault Yarns talk and trunk show on Yarn Shop Day: Saturday 6th May

  • 3 - 3.30pm: Talk
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.

Yarn donations

If you have wool you wish to give away, these organisations can put them to good use.

Cambridge Community Scrapstore

Papworth Trust Cambridge Centre

Archive events (some of them)

Rhapsody in Bloom Flower Power Yarnbomb

The yarnbomb on Jesus Green was an artwork made from over 1,000 knitted and crocheted flowers and leaves.  As well as being totally awesome just to look at, it was to show how prevalent in society is rape and sexual abuse.  Do you see how most of the flowers are purple, but one in five are blue?  That’s how many women in the UK are raped or experience sexual violence in their lifetimes.  One in five!

A few hundred people took six months to make and assemble the artwork. It was on display for a month and is now with Cambridge Rape Crisis.  You’ll be able to buy brooches made from the flowers, the details on where to get them will be on their website.  You can donate money directly to Cambridge Rape Crisis now here.

Thank you everyone who worked hard to make it look amazing.  Cambridge 105 interview here.

Melanie Gall's operatic tour



A few videos from Melanie Gall's concert of historic knitting songs can be found here (they do not in any way do her justice - if you can see her in person, do!).

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.


Knit & crochet groups

You're very welcome to join The Sheep Shop's own knitting & crochet groups. Every Friday morning we meet from 10am to noon.  Join us the first Tuesday evening of each month from 6-8pm.  

All are welcome, just drop in and bring whatever you're making (using Sheep Shop yarns). You do need to be able to knit or crochet already - if you don't know how, we do separate classes

It's free to come, with tea, coffee and cake provided for a donation of £1.  If you come to the evening one you're welcome to bring a bottle. The Friday group has a maximum of thirteen people, so other customers have room to see  what's on the shelves.  Knitting group can get very busy and if you don't get here in time to get a seat an overflow group goes to the nearby Costa Coffee.  

Friday morning group


Tuesday evening group

Here's a list of the other wonderful knitting, crochet and spinning groups you can join in or near Cambridge. If you'd like your group to be added to the page, please drop us an email.

Mondays

  • Knit Lits at Cambridge Central Library.  Every Monday from 2-4pm, all welcome.  Knit Lits Ravelry group.
  • Shelfords WI knit/crochet group (non-WI members welcome) at The Three Horseshoes, Stapleford (formerly met in Harston). Every fourth Monday in the month, 7-9pm.  Just turn up or email Angela.
  • Trumpington Stitchers at Trumpington Pavilion, Paget Road, Trumpington. Every Monday, 6.30 - 9pm.  Just turn up. 

Tuesdays

  • The Sheep Shop, Cambridge meets the first Tuesday of the month from 6-8pm.

  • Knitted Together group, every Tuesday 10am-12pm, Meadows Community Centre, Cambridge.  Knitted Together aka Orchard Park Ravelry group. The group leader recently had a baby and would welcome more new mothers. The café space is big and very baby friendly.  
  • Knit and Natter at Christ Church, Newmarket Road, Cambridge.  Every Tuesday 10am - 12 noon, except in the summer holidays.
  • Fenstanton Knitters and Natters is every other Tuesday, 10am - 12pm at Fenstanton United Reformed Church.  Knit any project for charity.  £1 per session including coffee.  Contact the organiser.
  • Black Bull, Balsham every first and third Tuesday of the month from 10 - 11.30am.  £2 per session including refreshments. 
  • The Black Bull, Longstanton every second Tuesday of the month from 8pm. Beginners welcome! Longstanton Crochet & Knitting Facebook group.  
  • The Lighthouse Knitters meet every Tuesday morning, 9:30 - 11.30am, at The Lighthouse, Lynn Road, Ely, the entrance is at the back of the building. Lighthouse knitters Facebook group.

Wednesdays

  • Knit 'Ting at The Empress pub, Thoday St, Cambridge.  Every Wednesday night from 8pm - late, everyone welcome (moves elsewhere on comedy nights).  Knit 'Ting Ravelry group
  • Six Bells knitting group, at The Six Bells pub, Covent Garden, Cambridge.  Every Wednesday from 7.30pm - 9.30pm, all welcome.
  • Swavesey knitters meet at The White Horse pub, Swavesey, usually on the first Wednesday of the month, 7-10pm. Best to check with thatcanadiangirl or Tempewytch on Ravelry to confirm first.
  • A Knit Cambridge group sometimes meets on Wednesday at The Golden Hind, Milton Rd, Cambridge from 7pm - 9pm. Check in with Mumzie or PSBfan on Ravelry beforehand just in case.   
  • Coton Stitch Nights take place every other Wednesday, 7 - 9pm at Coton Village Hall.  £2 per session, just drop in, refreshments provided. All abilities welcome, they are happy to teach you knitting or crochet. Any queries email Cathy here

Thursdays

  • Cambridge Drunken Knitwits, meets in a variety of pubs around Cambridge each Thursday from 6pm, join their meet-up page to find out where.
  • A Crafty Drink at The George and Dragon, King St Potton, Beds.  Every other Thursday from 8pm, all welcome.  Contact Tracey @thewyebird on Twitter, via Facebook, or Ravelry.
  • Newcomers & visiting scholars knitting group meets almost every Thursday, 10am - 12pm at West Cambridge Community Room. Knitters must be members of the University, visitors to it or partners thereof.  For a map and to check dates, email Janet
  • The first Thursday of the month you can meet at Stir Cambridge, Chesterton Road, Cambridge from 2-4pm.  Just turn up.  
  • Knitting Kittens at The Carpenters Arms, Victoria Road, Cambridge.  Most Thursdays from 6-7.30pm, all welcome to knit, crochet, spindle-spin, embroider and the like.  Join the Knitting Kittens Facebook group for dates.

Fridays

  • The Sheep Shop, Cambridge. Every Friday from 10am - 12 noon, all welcome.  Free, with a £1 donation for tea and biscuits.
  • Knit and Natter at The Anchor, Burwell. Every Friday during term time from 10am - 12 noon, all welcome.  Knit and Natter Ravelry Group.
  • Shelfords WI at Great Shelford library, the second Friday of each  month from 10.30am - 12.30pm.  Non-WI members are welcome.
  • A Knit on the Side at 12-14 Cheddars Lane, Cambridge, 9.30-11.30am, on almost alternate termtime Fridays. Dates are here. A parent and child friendly group, there is plenty of space for pushchairs, baby changing facilities and toys. Free, or a small donation for refreshments. A knit on the side Ravelry group and Facebook group.

Saturdays

Floating dates


The Cambridgeshire branch of the Knitting & Crochet Guild can be contacted on Twitter here.