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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
25/09/2016 - Age UK
I can confirm the safe receipt of all the hats that you and your colleagues have knitted your efforts are greatly appreciated as all the money raised from these hats will provide more money to support our charity. I can confirm that you knitted a superb 487 hats between you! SO FAR..... Lots more have been sent since this was received
18/09/2016 - Redmayne View
We have had 4 sessions at Redmayne now . Interest and stimulation (and chatter ! ) has been great . We are initially working on a wall art which will represent "Redmayne" . Our lead knitter is Darren who will be running the group with the support of Sandra ( our Manager ) and myself . Darren has crocheted lovely pink & blue flower brooches for all the members and even our Mr Ted mascot has one ! It seems to be an enthusiastic , happy and expanding group . One lady with dementia sat and showed me how to knit which was lovely and rewarding for us both . Again thank you for your help and support with our group - The tenants loved the session when Edna visited and gave them some ideas and inspirations . You are always very welcome at Redmayne . Kind Regards Bernie Bean
18/09/2016 - A message from our Ligusa contact
I have been through all the clothes there is a lovely variety and they are all beautiful. We would love to take all of them please, I will try and take lots of photos. Thank you for getting them to me early so I can pack them. Please let all the ladies know how grateful we are. We won't need any more this time thank you so please give any other clothes to your other charities.
11/09/2016 - Sailors Society
Thank you for sending in your 39 knitted hats, 35 neck warmers and 9 balaclavas. We are extremely grateful to you for your kindness and our seafarers appreciate having warm, hand-knitted items when out on the cold and sometimes frozen seas.
11/09/2016 - Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
The latest delivery to the hospital included, knitted breasts, drainage bags, shawls, lap blankets and 30 inch square blankets for babies. Also quilts for the incubators and teddies for A & E to use as distraction toys for little ones.
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!
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.

INNOCENT SMOOTHIE HATS

This campaign is now in progress, please knit the tiny hats for the Smoothie bottles. Age UK get 25p for every one sold.

for various charities to sell to fundraise

TEA COSIES

fundraising for CRUSE

ANIMALS

Any size, for the Noahs Ark raising funds for John Grooms Court.

SEWING

The Norfolk and Norwich hospital would like some incubator quilts. These need to be approx 128cms x 113cms. Journey bags and Baby bumpers.

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
Harleston - HIP Knit and Natter
Another new group meeting every Tuesday 2pm to 4pm
Long Stratton Library Knitters and Stitchers
This new group meets on a Thursday at 5.15 - come along for a chat and a cuppa.
Holmewood House Knit and Natter - Swaffham
This new group will be starting on the 5th October at 10am. All are welcome, Tea and coffee provided.
Thetford - Ancient House Museum Knit and Natter
This group meets on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Thursday of the month except August.
Sheringham Museum
First meeting Tuesday, 1st November and then the first Tuesday every month from 10am to 12pm
Ipswich Wool Court
27 Sep, 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.
West Norfolk Wool Shack Open Day
30 Sep, 2016 10:00
Providence Street Community Centre, Providence Street, off London Road, King's Lynn, PE30 5ET
Come along to the West Norfolk Wool Shack Open Day. We are holding a MacMillan coffee morning. There will also be a demonstration of slab quilting. Chat over a cuppa, bring in your knitting, stock up on supplies and get inspired.
South Norfolk Wool Shed Open day
4 Oct, 2016 10:00
Methodist Church Rooms, Victoria Road, Diss, IP22 4EY
Come along and meet up with like minded people, Have a cuppa and a chat. See sewing and crochet demonstrations. Lots of patterns, wool, and needles etc.