We’ve been quiet lately and that’s about to change…

Happy Mothers Day weekend everybody. I hope that those of you that are mums get suitably spoiled, and that you receive something lovely in the crafting line…

I’ve been a bit quiet in recent months, as I’ve been doing some pretty significant hours at work since the beginning of the year, however I’m very pleased to have gotten to the stage where I can devote more of my time to Crafty Volunteers.

Even though I’ve been busy at work, Anne and the team have been carrying on collecting and distributing to the appropriate charities, all of the wonderful items that have been delivered to Nancy’s Stitch Studio, or dropped to the Hutt and Wellington Libraries for us. Every time I turn up for a crafting session in the greater Wellington area, I’m always blown away by the generosity of all the crafters around, and the amazing designs, and stories that we hear about that go with so many of the gifted items. Mary (the owner of Nancy’s Stitch Studio) tells me that nearly every day the courier is delivering a parcel for Crafty Volunteers – I’m humbled by the amount of work that goes in to every item that comes in.

Here are a few pics of all the lovely donations…

The response to the call for items for Wellington NICU has been truly amazing! Thank you all so very much for your kindness. I know that items are still being made, so do keep them coming. It doesn’t matter what you make, or who the charity is, there is always a need for your items.

Interested in getting involved?

I am very conscious that because we are based in Wellington, our emphasis is on charities and events here. However, I am very keen to stretch our reach in to other regions, but I can’t do that without your help. If you are able to help in your region, please do contact me and I can put you in touch with others that are also keen to do some good – maggie@craftyvolunteers.org.nz or ph 021-511004.

Crafty Volunteers was set up to be a communication conduit between the crafters who want to make things, and the charities who need our special kind of help. Our aim is to have “unofficial committees” and drop off points in each region, as well as a main contact person who could liaise with us to get the requests for help out there. It will be so wonderful to be able to help promote charitable crafting in your area.

We know there is amazing stuff already going on, with individuals and crafting groups making huge amounts for charity – it would be so nice to be able to help the groups with their projects, and connect crafters together. So please let us know who you are, where/when you meet and who to contact, so we can let others know about you.

World Wide Knit in Public Day.

Despite being fairly quiet recently, we have been working away in the background, plotting and scheming a few events in the coming months. The first is a special event at Wellington Public Library to tie in with World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday the 10th of June, from 10am til 5pm. If you’re in Wellington – keep the day marked in your diaries, and bring your friends along. Refreshments will be provided.

Here’s a link to the Poster for the Wellington Central Library event – we’d love you to print a couple and put it up at work or leave it at a café for us… World Wide Knit in Public day – Wellington Central Library

Also, because we will be at the War Memorial Library in Lower Hutt on the 11th of June (which technically will still be the 10th of June somewhere in the world) we have decided to make our regular session a bit longer – from 1pm til 5pm. In both cases, we will be hoping to teach people to knit and crochet, so will be bringing spare yarn, needles and hooks for newbies.

If you’re not in Wellington, maybe you could approach your local library to see if they are doing anything on the 10th for Knit in Public Day. We are happy to promote any event on our website and Facebook page, so please do let us know if you hear of anything going on in your region, or if you decide to set one up with your library.

I know that the people that crochet give the knitters a bit of a “ribbing” for being exclusive with Knit in Public Day, however I think the crocheters know that they are more than welcome to attend – we are a pretty inclusive bunch really…

I’ll let you know details of any World Wide Knit in Public day events that we get told about in other regions – if you are involved with an event, or hear of one in your area, please let me know.

Crafters Dozen.

I’m very much looking forward to the large crafting promotion and event that we are working on at present. We are about to launch a 12 week long promotion, culminating in a full day event in Newlands on Saturday the 12th of August. It’s all about “TWELVE” so we are referring to it as our “Crafters Dozen”.

Here’s what we’ve got so far…

  • 12 Projects – we will be letting you know what each of those projects are over the 12 weeks prior to the event
  • 12 Charities – really it’s 12 groups of charities, cos there are way more than 12 charities that your items got to
  • 12 hours of crafting – 9am til 9pm
  • 12th of August – at Newlands Community Centre, 9 Batchelor St, Newlands – save the date, if you’re in the area
  • 12 tips and tricks – a few of our experienced crafters will be showing attendees at the event a dozen of our favourite shortcuts and techniques – and will happily answer any questions you have about knitting, sewing or crochet.

At the event, we will have a cutting table and a sewing area set up where people can bring their machines along and make some items up, as well as an area for people to sit and knit and crochet. We already have a reasonable amount of donated yarn, and a little bit of fabric (and we hope to have more come in before the 12th of August), that crafters can use on the day.

In the coming weeks I’ll be blogging and emailing about the 12 weekly projects, with some patterns and explanations about which charities love to receive the items. Hopefully you’ll enjoy crafting along with us, as much as we know we are going to enjoy bringing this promotion to you.

That’s it for now… I’ll be letting you know more next week – and in the mean time, remember to mark the 10th of June and the 12th of August in your diaries. And if you know of any group or library around the country that is hosting a World Wide Knit in Public event, please do let us know and we will add it to our events page.

And a reminder – if you know of any crafting groups around the country (particularly if they do any charity crafting) please let us know details of where and when they meet, and who a contact person is, so we can get them on our events page. We always have people asking what’s available in the different locations.

I am always so thrilled when I read articles about crafting groups being so generous to their chosen charities. As a crafter, it’s so nice to be able to give a gift of warmth and love to someone in need. I know the charities love seeing the items come in, and I can only imagine how special it must feel to receive something that has been made with love by a complete stranger.

Please do feel free to share this blog with your friends, and ask them to join our regional email list HERE, and check out our Facebook page HERE. The best way to help all of the charities in New Zealand that need our kind of support is to spread the word.

Many thanks for all the love that you send us.

Yours with Love, Hope and Compassion