Winter has arrived

Hi Crafters,

Welcome to winter! It’s the best time for getting lots of crafting done. I personally love making big blankets at this time of year, cos it helps keep me warm at the same time.


Lockdown Charity Crafting promotion

Many thanks to those of you who have been sending items to your local coordinators as part of the Lockdown Charity Crafting promotion. The promotion completed on the 31st of May, with items to be delivered to coordinators by Sunday 7th June, and the draw being done on Tuesday 16 June.

Each item received gets put in the draw for one of five $50 yarn vouchers from Kapiti Knitting and Lotto. So far we have over 1600 items in the draw, and we know that there will be a last flurry of items on their way to us.

If you don’t have a coordinator near you, please fee free to courier the items to either of the below addresses to ensure that you get in the draw:

  • Crafty Volunteers Bay of Plenty, c/- Shape & Spray, 10 Glenlyon Ave, Greerton, Tauranga
  • Crafty Volunteers Wellington, c/- 5b Nikau Grove, Woburn, Lower Hutt

Please remember to add a Crafty Volunteers Swing Tag to each item you donate, as it identifies which items are made with wool or acrylic, which means we can ensure charities receive the most appropriate donations. More importantly, it provides that washing instructions to the end recipient, so that the items can be looked after and keep them war for a long time. It’s best if these tags are printed on at least 120gsm card, as the paper ones can rip off as the item moves between the various sets of hands to get to the end recipient. If you don’t have the ability to print any yourself, feel free to post a stamped/self addressed envelope to me and I’ll get them in the mail back to you (Maggie Vickers, Crafty Volunteers, Unit 1314, 74 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington).

We are very excited to see what the final tally of items crafted during April/May ends up being. We know that every item is made with love, and that our charity partners will be very grateful to receive them.




Donation Handling protocol – COVID-19 alert levels 2 and 1

Now that we are in Covid-19 alert Level 2, we can loosen our previously recommended handling protocols. There won’t be the need to store items unhandled for 2 weeks anymore. We do remind you all to follow the Ministry of Health recommended guidelines – washing/sanitising your hands regularly, and when delivering items to a coordinator, please make the handover contactless.


Huge thanks to all of our crafters for the amazing work that you do to support other Kiwis in need.

Yours – with love, compassion and hope