Thanks for the great feedback from last weeks BLOG and email – I’m really looking forward to seeing some of the bear and toy photo’s being posted on Facebook and emailed thru to us (firstname.lastname@example.org ), and of course to them arriving at our drop off points, so we can get excited about how wonderful they all are. I hope that those of you that haven’t made bears before are enjoying producing something new.
World Wide Knit in Public Day – June 10th
Before I get on to the Crafters Dozen project for this week, I wanted to remind you all of the events going on around the country (that we’ve heard of), on Saturday the 10th of June (and Sunday 11th). There are events going on in Kaiwaka, Takapuna, Auckland, Christchurch, Wanaka, Paeroa, Blenheim, Mt Maunganui, Tauranga, Eltham, Napier, Lower Hutt, and Wellington.
Have a quick look HERE for info – and please do let us know if you are involved with a Knit in Public day event – we are more than happy to promote it here for you.
I’m very much looking forward to the two events that I’m attending for Crafty Volunteers in Wellington and Lower Hutt, and hope to see loads and loads of people attending. Please do send thru pics of any event that you attend, we’d love to see them.
Crafters Dozen – week two
“On the second week of crafting, the people made with love…
Hats scarves and gloves…
And a bear for some children in need.”
Crafters Dozen is a promotion that you can get involved with regardless of where in the country you are living. Each week (for 12 weeks) we are rolling out a different project and having a brief discussion about what charities need the type of products we are promoting that week. Feel free to get together with friends; it’s a good excuse for some guilt-free crafting!
This week the project is Hats, Scarves and Gloves. We’d love to get loads of these in, whether it be as sets, or individual items, it doesn’t matter. Make them for children, for men, for women – we can always find someone who really needs them!
I’m not going to provide any patterns this week, as you’ve probably already got your favourite pattern. If not, there are plenty to be found on Google, or every crafters favourite site Ravelry!! Go wild and get creative – it will be great to see what comes in…
There are loads of charities out there that need these as we go in to the winter months – we give a lot to organisation’s that help foster and vulnerable children, people sleeping rough, low decile schools and low income communities, refugees coming in to the country, and the list goes on. There truly is so much need out there…
If you know of any organisations in your area that need any of these, please do let us know, and we can put the word out to help get their specific request met.
The 12 weeks of this promotion are all leading up to a Wellington based event on the 12th of August – where we will be crafting for 12 hours, and highlighting the 12 projects that we are running with the promotion. If you (or your family and friends) are in Wellington that day, we’d love to see you at the Newlands Community Centre, 9 Batchelor St, Newlands, sometime between 9am and 9pm.
Please refer back to this BLOG for “Bear” patterns and info about Crafters Dozen – week one.
How you can help
I know you’re keen to do some good in your community, otherwise you wouldn’t have read this far. Actually, I assume that you are doing some good already, and possibly are involved with a crafting group in your region or online. Because Crafty Volunteers is a cashless organisation, we do rely on donations of yarn and fabric that we give to some of our financially restricted crafters. Being based in Wellington, we are keen to find small hubs of people in each of the regions who are happy to be a collection point for donated resources, as well as finished products.
If you (and/or maybe the crafting group that you belong to in your area) are able to assist by creating a hub in your area, we’d love to hear from you. Also, if you have surplus materials, or know of some that’s available, please do let us know. The best way that all of the fabulous crafters around the country can help provide the products that the charities need, is to join forces and work together for the common goal.
Pink Ribbon month
I’m attending a Pink Ribbon event this weekend that a wonderful work colleague of mine is helping to organise. I offered to make her some pink ribbon brooches for the “goodie bags” that will be given to each of the attendees.
While I was making them over the weekend, I spent the time remembering the people that I know that have lost their battle with cancer (in whichever form it presented itself), as well as thinking of those that are receiving treatment at present, and those who have made it out the other end. Pretty much each of these ribbons represents someone I care about – it was a truly cathartic few hours.
I also thought of the people that I don’t know, but who have been affected (directly or indirectly) by this nasty disease. I thought of all the great work that doctors, nurses and other people do to care for patients.
And I reminded myself of the humble beginnings of Crafty Volunteers, where a group of (initially) four of us, got together to knit knockers for mastectomy patients in Wellington. I am truly thrilled about how far Crafty Volunteers has come over the last couple of years, and that so many people are happy to do small things that will make a huge difference in somebody’s life.
Blessings to each and every one of you!
Yours – with love, compassion and hope