What's Needed

At Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers we pride ourselves in telling our members that whatever they knit or stitch we will find a good home for it.

However, at certain times charities will ask us for specific items and listed below are items which are currently being requested:

Projects
• Thanks to all your hard work we currently have an abundance of adult and children's hats. We're happy to accept any that you're making at the moment. Perhaps you'd like to try a new project like a cuffed shawl or baby items - matinee jackets, bootees, shawls or blankets?

• Also, we can no longer accept Fish and Chip Jumpers – regrettably we do not have an outlet for them.

• Can you ensure that your items are finished off to be handed direct to a charity – eg buttons sewn on, ends nicely sewn in and the required regulation toy stuffing used.

Projects - what we need:

Just because our Resource Centres and groups are closing, hopefully for a short period of time, it is no excuse to put down those needles or put away that sewing machine.

Items such as blankets, trauma teds, hand puppets, children clothes are always required. Twiddlemuffs, sensory blankets and marble mazes are required by Care Homes.

Fancy a challenge – make the most original square or squares you can think of. They should be 10ins square and can be knitted or crocheted. I am sure you can think of something original to do. You don’t have to make hundreds – one or two will be fine. Once made, hold on to them, until the Resource Centres reopen. The squares will eventually be made into blankets and will be on display at one of our events. Or we will keep them for Paula from Belton Needlecrafters who needs masses of blanket squares of any size for a sofa throw. Her church has been given a huge white sofa.

Also required:

V-necked knitted baby cardigans with a raglan sleeve – for the James Paget Neonatal Unit

Animal Sensory bands – made out of soft fluffy yarn for care homes. The pattern is on our web site (mark for the attention of Kate)

Tortoises - for the Tortoise club (mark for the attention of Heather)

Unstuffed Trauma Teds - for Children in Zimbabwe (mark for the attention of Heather)

Neck Warmers, Balaclavas, fingerless mitts – (mark for the attention of Heather)

Dolls blankets and clothes (tiny tears size) – for EACH (mark for the attention of Tina)

Bunting – to hand in the hospice or in the woods for EACH’s annual Treefest (festival in a day that is held for the hospice families each July (mark for the attention of Tina)

Cats - to be sold with a 'Sponsor our Cats' offer to raise funds for Hallswood Animal Sanctuary. They are not sold as toys (mark for the attention of Elly). A knitted pattern is available from your local Resource Centre and is on our web site. The Sanctuary also needs foxes, robins, owls, hedgehogs and deer.

Yellow Flowers/Daffodils - for Breast Cancer (mark for the attention of Anna Ovenden)

Baby Sheep - any size but no bigger than a trauma ted for Baby Basics (mark for the attention of Stephanie)

Blue Blankets (single bed size) – for ‘A.F.R.I.C.A. with love’ charity for their new health centre. Also blankets in other colours for the 500 children who board at their school.

Marble Mazes - pattern is on our web site (mark for the attention of Heather and Gill)

Gloves – Adult short fingered/fingerless – (mark for the attention of Gill)

Storks - given to each of our babies as a reminder of their journey. Neonatal Transfer Service, the Royal London Hospital (mark for the attention of Melanie). Patterns on request from your local Resource Centre.

Cuff Shawls - for various charities (mark for the attention of Gill and Heather)

Ladies Cardigans (any size any style) - various care homes (mark for the attention of Gill)

Bedsocks - for local care homes (mark for the attention of Gill and Heather)

Fidget Blankets - local care homes (mark for the attention of Gill)

Baby and children clothes (not prem) - for various charities (mark for the attention of Gill)

Dog coats and Dog Blankets - for various charities (mark for the attention of Kate)

Angels - for EACH Hospice The Treehouse Ipswich - patterns will be available from your local resource centres (mark for the attention of Tina)

Bees - for Bees Abroad (mark for the attention of Kate)

Seals and Mermaids - for the Seal and Shore Watch (mark for the attention of Kate)

Anything Twiddle - muffs, cuffs, cushions, blankets for local care homes (mark for the attention of Gill) - some residents will be male

Twiddlemuffs (with or without twiddles) - Diss Ambulance Services (mark for the attention of Heather)

Knee Twiddle Blankets for Wheelchair users – (mark for the attention of Heather)

Trauma Teds - for various charities home and abroad (mark for the attention of Heather, Alison or Kate)

Small Trauma Teds - for children in a Moroccan orphanage. They are easier to transport than the full size Teds (mark for the attention of Kate)

Dr and Nurses Teds – given to children in A&E (mark for the attention of Heather)

Slippers - Hartismere Place Eye (mark for the attention of Heather)

Toys (especially animals) - Hartismere Place Eye (mark for the attention of Heather)

Hedgehogs - for Hodmedods Hedgehog Support. All size hedgehogs (mark for the attention of Edna)

Hedgehogs and hedgehog related items - (mark for the attention of Kate)

Knitted, sewn or crocheted hearts - Hartismere Place Eye (for the attention of Heather)

Flowers, butterflies and insects of any size - for Hartismere Place Eye Dementia Suite Indoor Outdoor Garden (mark for the attention of Heather)

Flowers with brooch backs - for the residents Hartismere Place Eye (mark for the attention of Heather)

Policemen - (mark for the attention of Heather)

Prem baby clothes and Angel gowns - (mark for the attention of Heather)

Cushions with Covers - various charities (mark for the attention of Gill and Heather)

Poppies – needed for a big project in November (mark for the attention of Heather)

Where possible patterns are on our web site. If a pattern is not available then please use one of your own.

Don't forgot that not all items have to be knitted. They can be crocheted or stitched.

If donating items which go together please join them together with wool (not safety pins) so they do not get separated.