Summer challenges Sunday 3rd June to Sunday 9th September 2018

KateG
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June 2nd, 2018, 11:35 pm #1

It is challenge time again! We hope that you like the ones that we have come up with and will join in.

1.       Teddies for Buddy Bags (knit or crochet)
Here is a quote from the foundation “48,000 children require emergency accommodation in the UK each year. Children fleeing violent situations often have to leave home quickly, without the chance to collect basic items. These children arrive in emergency accommodation with just the clothes they are wearing. We have created The Buddy Bag Foundation in response to the rising number of children who enter emergency care after fleeing violent situations at home. Restoring a sense of safety and security into a child’s life during a traumatic time is one of the first steps to recovery. By providing these children with a few essential items, we can help make the transition into emergency care a little easier.”
“What is a Buddy Bag? A Buddy Bag is a backpack that contains all the essential items a child needs. They include toiletries, pyjamas, socks and underwear. They also include comfort items such as a book, a photo frame and a teddy bear. A Buddy Bag is something a child can call their own, no matter where they go. Buddy Bags are tailored to suit babies, children and young people according to age groups and gender.”
So, can we help them with a few teddies? I have a word document with patterns on it or you can use the Teddies for Tragedies pattern, whatever you would like to knit or crochet. Please send me a pm if you would like the patterns.
The teddies can be sent directly to Karen, please pm me for her address or to me in a mixed box

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2.       Christmas Angels (knit or crochet) for Kirkwood Hospice, Huddersfield (yes, we are in advance of ourselves!)
I had a message from Carol Ellis, a volunteer at the hospice, she said “I have seen a site that knits Christmas Angels for an area near to them at Christmas. I have mentioned this to my local Hospice who would love to do this for the people who use their services within the grounds near to Christmas. As a one-man band this would be impossible for me, but I wondered if any of your members would like to join me in making them. They take approx. 2 hours to make and as you can imagine we need a fair few. At Christmas there are services outside the building in the grounds & also inside the Hospice itself. What they have done in the past is to choose an area & then covered it with Angels hanging them from lampposts etc for others to see and take home with them. They have also attached little messages of love and hope to them. I work with the bereaved at a drop in where there are up to 40 people attending. As you can imagine they come to us very distressed and we are there to listen and encourage them to talk to others who are in the same place, I believe the Angels will be very much appreciated by everyone who attends this wonderful place.”
 
Please pm me for a knitting or crochet pattern or follow these links http://www.christmasangel.net/wp-conten ... -Angel.pdf http://www.christmasangel.net/wp-conten ... attern.pdf
 
I will pass any on to Carol and if you would like an address to send directly to her please drop me a pm

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3.     Poppies for Remembrance at Whittington Church and Scotstoun Hearties (knit or crochet)
 
Can you help knit 2,000 centenary poppies?
 
If you’ve got a spare few minutes and some scraps of red yarn from your stash, then why not help knit (or crochet) 2,000 poppies for Whittington Together’s community poppy display at the village fete.  You can use any poppy pattern you like (as long as it’s the iconic red shade).
On Bank Holiday Monday, 27 August 2018, at the Whittington Village Fete, the poppies will be cascaded down the side of Whittington Castle to flow towards a tribute to those who fell in the great war. They will also be used in Whittington Church in November for the annual service of Remembrance. In order for Whittington Together to have enough time to put their display together, all the poppies need to have been collected by the end of July.
Whittington is near Oswestry in Shropshire. 30.07.18 WHITTINGTON DEADLINE REACHED PLEASE SEND POPPIES TO MAY McKIE OR TO THE OTHER OPPY APPEAL FOR SORBIE TOWER

May from Scotstoun Loving Hands group has also asked if we can help with poppies. She says "Putting a shout out for poppies (knitted/sewn/crochet)(red, no leaves) as I am organizing a commemoration of WW1 event in November by decorating a small garden at the Heart of Scotstoun community centre where we hold our meetings with memorabilia and poppies and hosting a vintage tea party inviting seniors from the local area. Hoping to get members of our youth group and children from 2 local schools to participate". If you would like the address to send directly to May please drop me a pm or to May, her forum name is  
Scotstoun Hearties

Please pm perry (Helen) or me for an address to send them to. Helen is collecting them and passing them on.

(Patterns in a separate thread) 

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4.      Boys Shorts for LDFA (sewn)
A call out for boys shorts for the people at Little Dresses for Africa. These can be to your own pattern and made from lightweight boy type fabrics. Here is a link to a few simple patterns  http://totallystitchin.net/articles/cute-boys-shorts
http://www.madeeveryday.com/2011/05/tut ... orts.html/
https://shwinandshwin.com/2011/04/tasku-shorts.html
The shorts can be sent to LDFA Hillside farm, Whites Hill, Stock, Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 9QB or to me in a mixed box as ever
 
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5.  And just for a change we have a 5th challenge! Knitted cot blankets, hats and mittens for Ronald McDonald House Charity
The message came in late this week - 

"Hi Kate, I hope you are well.  
We originally spoke back in February about possibly working with your Loving Hands knitting group in regards to charity support for Ronald McDonald House Charities. We are currently looking for knitted cot blankets, hats and mittens that we could give to the families staying with us. I wonder if this is something that you might be interested in helping out with? 
Thank you so much. 
Kind Regards
 
Abbie Barton
Community Fundraiser
Ronald McDonald House Cardiff
University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park Way, Heath, Cardiff, CF14 4AY

So you can use your favourite patterns for this lovely cause and send them to Abbie at the address above or to me in a mixed box marked Ronald McDonald

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June 3rd, 2018, 7:51 am #2

Thank you Kate as always for posting the challenges for us.
Whittington Castle is the only community owned castle in the country. It is also where I had some of my first wedding photos taken. 😁 The church also has special significance for me as you can imagine.
It was my sister who approached me as to whether we could help, so I asked Kate if we could? Naturally she has not let me down. Thank you Kate.
So many wonderful charities yet again for us to help. Enjoy your crafting that is the most important thing. Never let it become a drag or tie you down.
Sorry I can't be with you later, but I have other commitments this morning. I will check in later to read all your comments though.
Helen
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June 3rd, 2018, 8:15 am #3

A nice mix, something for everyone there . I made a poppy last week which came up rather large - but would be ideal for Whittington. Do you think 2 tails of yarn at the back would be useful for securing them??? 
JAYCEE



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June 3rd, 2018, 9:24 am #4

A nice mix of lightweight items - I am struggling with the 2 blankets I have on the go at the moment in this lovely warm weather!.  My local craft group made 150 poppies earlier this year for a display that Weston's RAF Association is making for the centenary of the end of WW1, I think that knitted poppies will be in demand all over the country. Well worth making some. Thank you Kate, a thoughtful selection.
Barbara

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Joined: June 6th, 2009, 9:11 am

June 3rd, 2018, 9:32 am #5

I like the angel idea, anyone got an easy crochet pattern for one? With a picture if poss. I have some oddments of sparkly yarn to use up. Nice selection Kate.
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Joined: July 18th, 2010, 6:47 am

June 3rd, 2018, 9:40 am #6

Thanks Kate, it's a wee while since I knitted teddies so I'll finish the scarf I'm doing and get started on them.
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KateG
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Joined: January 11th, 2010, 4:43 pm

June 3rd, 2018, 9:56 am #7

ssPat wrote: I like the angel idea, anyone got an easy crochet pattern for one? With a picture if poss. I have some oddments of sparkly yarn to use up. Nice selection Kate.
There is a link to a crochet pattern Pat. No picture.... Maybe if someone can make one and take a photo?
I knitted one yesterday evening and it was very quick.




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June 3rd, 2018, 10:17 am #8

Great set of challenges - again - thanks Kate.  The small (portable) ones are good for summer when out and about/on holiday and also useful for using up scraps of wool.  xx
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June 3rd, 2018, 10:23 am #9

Great choice of challenges.  Where should the teddies be sent to?
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KateG
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June 3rd, 2018, 11:25 am #10

Lilbet wrote: Great choice of challenges.  Where should the teddies be sent to?
Thank you for reminding me that I haven't put an address in. I have been speaking to Karen who runs the scheme, she is away until mid July but if you send me a pm I will let you know where to send them to after that date xx




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June 3rd, 2018, 12:18 pm #11

Thank You for the new challenges Kate  😁
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June 3rd, 2018, 2:43 pm #12

I have been doing the pattern for the poppies in the picture. K2 P2 pattern. I have also been leaving tales on the back for attaching. 😁
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KateG
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June 3rd, 2018, 3:06 pm #13

perry wrote: I have been doing the pattern for the poppies in the picture. K2 P2 pattern. I have also been leaving tales on the back for attaching. 😁
I've emailed the contact on the details you forwarded to me, I'll let you know what they say 😘




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Joined: February 20th, 2009, 5:17 pm

June 3rd, 2018, 3:27 pm #14

Thank you Kate, lovely challenges as always.😊

Pat I found this pattern but have never tried it
https://oombawkadesigncrochet.com/2016/ ... angel.html

another knitted one..
https://www.garnstudio.com/pattern.php?id=7285&cid=17
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Ann
Joined: September 22nd, 2010, 4:44 pm

June 3rd, 2018, 6:18 pm #15

I'm sorry if this is a silly question but what size do the cot blankets have to be, please, for Ronald McDonald?
Ann
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