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May’s Stitches

Only thirteen members this month, but that didn’t make it unlucky! Summer means holidays, and other commitments, but a lot of knitting was produced.

We have managed to add a few more jumpers for the Chernobyl kids, and they, as well as the quilts from the sewing group, were handed over the following day. We have the promise of a few last items to come next month so as usual we have done unbelievably well.

Sometimes it’s not easy to find different things to photograph. After all, what you might call the ‘bread and butter’ of what we do – jumpers, blankets, hats, twiddle muffs and bags, is what is most needed. Even there you can find highlights, and what jumped out this month was the toys in the twiddlemuffs. Some of them included knitted dolls, and some still had the small plush toys.

The other item which stood out this time was a fantastic crocheted blanket, made with concentric stars. I have this thing for snapping pictures of blankets and quilts – the patterns are so gorgeous.

Well done girls, as ever!

Chernobyl handover

Unlike previous years, the handover this year took place during a coffee morning at the chapel, which was also in aid of the Chernobyl kids. Because the children are coming early this year not everything has been collected yet, but we still had plenty of stuff, ranging from tote bags to toys and quilts.

Since then the quilting group at Ailsworth has handed over another 9 patchwork quilts as well as several (uncounted) knitted ones. Having seen pictures of families with pieces of old carpet on the beds for warmth, I can well imagine how appreciated these quilts are, and of course, they are all beautifully bright colours. These will be passed on after Stitches this week, together with anything which arrives then. Any final bits can be passed on after the June meetings, but it needs to go bit by bit to allow time for sorting. (And to keep my dining room table clear!)

The coffee morning has sent a cheque for £200, which is phenomenal. Many thanks to all who supported us.

Coffee morning photos below.

Patchwork quilts.

April’s Stitches

Starting off with thanks this month. You will have seen the pictures of the bags going to Knit for Peace. In total we sent nineteen black sacks which filled a Land Rover Discovery. Thanks to all of you who added to this amazing total, and especial thanks to Monica and Chris for spending two and a half hours sorting it, and Keith for driving Chris to London with it almost hampering his rear vision.

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