Winter Challenges Dec 3rd 2017 - Mar 11th 2018

Winter Challenges Dec 3rd 2017 - Mar 11th 2018

KateG
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December 3rd, 2017, 9:01 am #1

Thank you to Barbara (hookorcrook) and Helen for help and suggestions for these challenges 🙂

1. Barbara recently told me about  the Great Twiddlemuff Challenge that her local Alzheimer's Society branch (she volunteers with them) are running.  They want to make a Mountain of Muffs to gain lots of publicity during Dementia Awareness Week in May next year.  After the awareness week event they will be distributed to people and places that need them, depending on how many we get.  They can be knitted, crocheted or sewn using the normal patterns.  Barbara has plenty of twiddly bits, so if people prefer to just make the muff, she will be happy to add the twiddles.  
Links to patterns:

Knitted muff
http://www.knitforpeace.org.uk/wp-conte ... attern.pdf

Crochet muff 
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/twiddle-muff

Screenshot 2017-12-03 08.35.05.jpg I have also been contacted by Care Home Safeguarding in Leeds who asked if we could help with their aim to ensure everyone who would benefit from a twiddle muff or fidget mat in the Leeds area care homes could receive one. So if you would prefer to send here please contact me for the address details to send them to.

2. For sewers and knitters - another plea from Clare at Knit for Nowt for worry monsters! These are so important for the therapists helping children that are suffering from various traumas. 
As ever the patterns are on their website 
Knit and crochet patterns http://www.knitfornowt.org/worry-puppet-patterns 
Sewing patterns http://www.knitfornowt.org/sew-puppets-and-monsters

worry.jpg 3. With winter now well and truly upon us we are thinking of our furry friends, especially those that are abandonned, maybe after Christmas when people realise that a cute puppy takes a lot of looking after. So nice warm blankets for cats and dogs. These are a good way of using up scraps of yarn, lovely colourful scrappy blankets, or if you have some dreary yarn that you don't know what to make with then an animal blanket is ideal, they won't care what colour it is!
If you have a small animal rescue nearby I am sure they would be grateful for blankets, I take them to one near Operation Orphan and they love the blankets. There is also Battersea, RSPCA shelters and so on.
There are lots of patterns on the internet if you need one, just Google knitted (or crochet) pet blanket
pet.jpg 4. And finally - yes we have done this before but thought it was a good idea to try it again...... PYO or Pick Your Own! Charity that is 😄
Head off to the charity lists, there is an alphabetical list or if you prefer to make a certain type of item there are also the separate sections for babies, angels, animals, etc.etc. When you have picked your chosen charity head off to their website and learn what they need and what they do with it and when you have enough made send directly to them, if you need an LH compliment slip follow this link https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/ ... GRYZ0QwNjQ or send me a pm with your email address and I will send you a pdf file with them on.

THANK YOU!




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December 3rd, 2017, 9:17 am #2

Thanks kate. Could you let me know if finger puppets are still needed as I printed off a pattern last night.  Also I have a knitted twiddlemuff that I haven't got around to decorating - would anyone like to take on the decoration of it?
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December 3rd, 2017, 9:19 am #3

Some great ideas there Kate. Will look into them. I am retiring at the end of this year so these challenges will keep me busy over the winter months. X
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KateG
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December 3rd, 2017, 9:29 am #4

Suzann wrote: Thanks kate. Could you let me know if finger puppets are still needed as I printed off a pattern last night.  Also I have a knitted twiddlemuff that I haven't got around to decorating - would anyone like to take on the decoration of it?
The finger puppets are definitely still needed by Knit for Nowt, we just picked out the worry monsters... And you can send your twiddle muff to Barbara (hookorcrook) to be finished with the twiddles. Drop her a pm for her address xxx




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December 3rd, 2017, 9:47 am #5

Great challenges xx
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December 3rd, 2017, 10:22 am #6

Morning Kate, will do some twiddle muffs, and if it's ok Barbara I will send them on to you, I'm am not a sewer, and have no twiddley bits lol. Is there a pattern I can use.
Love,
Mo xxx



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December 3rd, 2017, 10:33 am #7

Maureen S wrote: Morning Kate, will do some twiddle muffs, and if it's ok Barbara I will send them on to you, I'm am not a sewer, and have no twiddley bits lol. Is there a pattern I can use.
Thanks Mo 😊
There are patterns on the Knit for Nowt website, if you click on the links above you should be able to find them xx




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December 3rd, 2017, 10:35 am #8

I'm here again, I was here to early because I was spending money via easy fundraising 😇 on create & craft 😉 and watching Jennie Rayment sewing bags. I think I'll do some fiddle muffs and see if local care home needs them. I made some worry monsters before but they were not my thing
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December 3rd, 2017, 10:53 am #9

Thanks again for another set of interesting/great challenges - I've never made a twiddle muff or a worry monster so maybe 2018 will be the time to start. xx
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December 3rd, 2017, 11:14 am #10

I've never made a twiddle muff or worry monster either so maybe now I should inspire myself to make one 😀




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December 3rd, 2017, 12:20 pm #11

Some different things to usual here, so well done for setting some things that will challenge us.

PYO works for me as I have local charities that I give to.
2018 start: 65,915g, busted: 6,760g, remain: 59,755g, gained: 600g
2017 start: 38,735g, busted: 12,037g, remain: 65,915g
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December 3rd, 2017, 2:10 pm #12

I also like to go for the PYO as well. I like to have a couple of boxes on the go at once. Then send off when full. I sent a box to NHAP last week and the box to OO is nearly full. 
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December 3rd, 2017, 2:28 pm #13

ssPat wrote: I also like to go for the PYO as well. I like to have a couple of boxes on the go at once. Then send off when full. I sent a box to NHAP last week and the box to OO is nearly full. 
That's good Pat 😀




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December 3rd, 2017, 4:19 pm #14

Great challenges as ever Kate.  I think I will be focusing on the blankets for pet charities ( I currently do knit for a local RSPCA branch my sister is a dog walker for) and PYO as I am currently filling a box for Mission to Seafarers . All great ideas as hopefully keeps delivery to you down and the associated postage onwards to the charities but means that Loving Hands is spreading its network.   I'll let the forum know as I get my donations finished and sent 

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December 3rd, 2017, 5:25 pm #15

Great challenges Kate .... Thanks for all the hard work and thanks to SM and Barbara for their hard work and  input 😀 I'm hooked on C2C at the moment and am doing baby blankets for Mo to take to Stafford baby unit. Also been fabric busting and made 4 pet blankets which have gone to Many Tears rescue where we got Poppy from. What about the twiddle cuffs that SM Helen made ? They were fairly easy to do and didn't require a huge amount of embellished. Would they be suitable ?
Have fun and happy crafting everyone x


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