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Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers - providing support to charities at home and abroad with lovingly hand knitted and sewn items.

There are now 2832 members and 133 groups around the county knitting and stitching for charity. We support many charities from orphanages and families abroad to small projects at home. Age is no barrier – members range from the young to some well over 100. We have groups in diverse situations reflecting the whole community. Get in touch if you are interested – there's room for everyone!

Achievements
28/04/2016 - Ipswich Wool Court
The Open Day at Ipswich Wool Court was a huge success. Over 100 people attended the first Open Day.
28/04/2016 - Costessy Tuesday Club
The Costessy Tuesday group received this wonderful letter from the Norwich Foodbank. Thank you SO much for your very kind donation of the gorgeous jumpers for toddlers and the blankets - they are so beautifully made it is clear that a lot of time, effort and cost has gone into each creation and we are very grateful that they have been donated to us. Norwich foodbank provides 3 days of nutritionally balanced food parcels for local people in crisis - all those who receive our support are referred by care professionals and agencies (including schools pastoral workers, social services, mental health teams and Age UK) using a voucher system, whilst they work with the clients to resolve any ongoing issues. One such agency we work with is called 'Connects and Co' who support young carers in numerous ways including doing respite trips away for the youngsters caring for parents and fun activities. This is a not-for-profit charity and we often get referrals for food for families supported by them and struggling and we have offered the items from you to them to help families who have young children and they were delighted with the offer! This conversation happened on the afternoon of receiving your donation which is incredible timing!
04/04/2016 - Safe Haven
On behalf of the team at Safe Haven we would like to say a huge "Thank you" for the fantastic donation to our work with local homeless people. The blankets,hats and neck warmers will go a long way to comfort and warm the many rough sleepers in and around Norwich. Not only are they cosy but colourful too. Your kindness and hard work is much appreciated. Josephine
31/03/2016 - Kings Lynn - Quay Knitters
Quay Knitters handed over a cheque to COPD nurses for £360. Thank you to all who made this possible - Elaine
21/03/2016 - It is a personal thank you to Norfolk Knitters.
Last Tuesday my grandson was born at the Queen Elizabeth hospital and had difficulty breathing and had to go to intensive care where at least 1 of their blankets was used to keep him warm. There was also a wonderful selection of baby items. Happily he is on the ordinary ward now and if the tests are all clear he should be home soon
13/03/2016 - Peterborough City Hospital
I am writing to thank you for the lovely donation you made to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. A big thank you to all the knitting groups from Wisbech, Heacham and Hunstanton. It was very kind of you and much appreciated. Senior Sister
What's Needed?

Urgently needed for International Aid Trust.

BLANKETS - larger, single bed size.
JUMPERS - Long sleeved, patterned or plain for older children and adults.
CARDIGANS - For older children and adults.
WAISTCOATS - For older children and adults
SHAWLS - knitted and crochet. SOCKS - for all ages, short and knee length.
HATS - all sizes. GLOVES - all sizes. MITTENS - Full and fingerless - all sizes.
SCARVES - Older children and adult.

HEDGEHOG HAVEN

this hedgehog charity in North Norfolk needs lots of hedgehogs to sell for the beginning of May when it is National Hedgehog Awareness Week. This enables them to continue their rescue work.

TOYS

for various charities to sell to fundraise

TEA COSIES

fundraising for CRUS

ANIMALS

Any size, for the Noahs Ark being constructed to raise funds for John Grooms Court.

DRAGONS

Dragons – Reminder that dragons are still needed for the Sunshine Home For Swamp Dragons at the 2016 Dragon Festival at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village in June. The dragons will later be sold to raise money for the Alzheimers Society. Any dragon, snake, crocodile, griffin or wyvern will be gratefully accepted whether knitted, crocheted or sewn.

2600 Knitted Midwives Needed

The Royal College of Midwives has highlighted that the UK is still short of 2600 midwives. Whilst this is an improvement on the 5000 midwives needed three years ago, this chronic shortage adds to the pressures that midwives are facing every day in their working environment.  Additionally there is a 'retirement time bomb' as over a third of the current midwifery workforce is aged 50 or over.
The challenge is to create 2600 knitted or crocheted midwives. The aim is to provide a display of the knitted midwives at the Royal College of Midwives' conference in Harrogate on October 19th and 20th 2016, to demonstrate what this shortage looks like. Would any of our NkaS like to help create this display?
The pattern and details on personalising your midwife will be on the NKaS website or the following link https://knittedmidwife.wordpress.com/. We shall also have patterns available at our Open days.
If you wish tell the RCM why you created the midwife, please do so. It may be that you just love knitting or that the doll represents a special midwife you know. What does the doll mean to you?  Tell them about yourself, are you a mother? Do you know a midwife?
At the end of the conference the knitted midwives will be available to anyone who would like one, in return for a donation in aid of the RCM benevolent fund. Please note it is not possible for the knitted midwives to be returned.
Rosemary Black

News and Events
Purple Bags and Eco Bags with NKaS logo
In addition to our usual pens and badges we now have two sorts of bags available to buy. The long-handled lightweight bag with the NKaS logo on is only £3 and popular for carrying your knitting around while the Eco bag at £4 is in natural cotton with shorter handles which ma...
North Norfolk Wool Loft Open Day
1 Jul, 2016 10:00
Sheringham Community Centre, Holway Road, NR26 8NP
Come along and join in the fun. Lots of wool, patterns and other items for your handiwork to enjoy. Have a cup of tea or coffee while you chat to like-minded people.
Lowestoft Wool Loft
9 Jul, 2016 11:00
The Yard, Ashby Road, Lowestoft
Come along and enjoy a morning browsing through patterns, donated wool and other resources. Have a cuppa and chat with like minded folk whose passion is knitting, crochet and sewing.
Wisbech - Spellbinders
9 Jul, 2016 14:00
Rose Lodge Care Home, Walton Road, Wisbech PE13 3EP
Spellbinders are having a stall at the Rose Lodge Care Home Garden Fete.
Kings Lynn Festival
16 Jul, 2016 10:00
Marquee in Tuesday Market Place, Kings Lynn
Norfolk Knitters present: “The Wool Workshops” For all ages to come along and play with wool including jewelry making and pompoms! In the Marquee in Tuesday Market Place
Norwich Wool Loft Open Day
19 Jul, 2016 10:00
Christ Church Centre, Magdalen Road, Norwich
Everyone is assured of a warm welcome to our Open Days. Displays of knitting, crochet and sewing. Lots of resources to browse and of course a cuppa and a chat.
Knapton Knitters and Stitchers
23 Jul, 2016 10:00
Village Hall, Hall Lane, Knapton
Craft Day in aid of Big "C" Tea/Coffee and a selection of stalls including Cakes, books and Crafts for sale
Ipswich Wool Court
26 Jul, 2016 11:00
The Old Courthouse, Civic Drive, Ipswich IP1 2DX
Come and enjoy our Open Day at the Old Court House. We will have wool, needles, buttons and patterns plus lots more. Displays of work. Have a cuppa and a chat.