Charity Knitting

At our 2nd meet up we discussed a variety of things.

Amid talk of offspring, sugru and upcoming nuptuals we discussed charity knitting.

The specific charity we have in mind is Focus Ireland.

With the recent cold snap, the thought of being outside for any length of time is shudder inducing.

The thought of having nowhere to go and be warm is heart rending.

As an immediate and practical thing, any and all of us can donate what we can financially. There’s a donate now button on the website. That goes for any other charity. If you have cash to spare then donating cash is a splendid idea.

As we are a bunch of crafters we have decided that we’re going to knit squares of fabric and sew them together into a decently large blanket or blankets and donate them to our local branch of Focus Ireland.

We’ve decident to use DK weight yarn as that’s what most of us have to hand in our yarn stashes.

Would you like to join us in our endeavour?

We’d be thrilled if you would 🙂

Here’s what you’ll need to do.

Get a pair of 4mm needles.

Get a ball of yarn – either from your stash or from your local yarn store.

If you’re buying yarn then a 25g ball of DK will do nicely – it can be any colour or colours you like.

Cast on 51 stitches.

Using any stitch pattern you like work 50 rows.

Cast it off.

I’ve taken my stitch and row counts from Issue 10 of The Knitter.

The Knitter provided sample patterns for knitted fabric squares in aid of the MacMillan Cancer support comfort blanket campaign.

The resulting sqaure (51 stitches x 50 rows) should create an 8 inch x 8 inch or 20cm x 20cm square.

It doesn’t have to be exact.

The earth won’t stop turning if you decide you’d rather cast on 49 or end up with 52 stitches. That’s one of the great things about knitting. It’s a forgiving kind of pursuit.

We decided on this project as it would give us a way to build on the little crafting community that we have in Limerick. It’s something that people can become involved in with very little knitting know how. In fact, if you don’t know how, we’ll show you! 🙂

If you can’t get to our regular meet ups and know how to knit then you can still feel involved by sending us the squares once you have them done.

We’ll figure out a sensible address to send them to.

It would be lovely if other bloggers could share their progress with us. We could even create a group on Ravelry and share our squares and our progress on our various social media sites. Ohhhhh! The excitement! 🙂

It’s nice to be part of something and to contribute to a larger project that will create a positve result at the end.

We don’t think that our knitting will solve the problem of being homeless.

What we do think is that it’s nice to give, it’s nice to focus our creativity in a practical way and everyone should have something made with with care to keep them warm.

If you fancy, I’m sure that hats, mittens and scarves would also be welcome.

But let’s start with the squares first shall we?

Our next meet-up dates are:

Sunday, 3rd February

Sunday, 17th February

Venue: Zest Cafe, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square, Limerick.

 

 

Our 2nd Meet-Up of 2013

We hope you’re having a lovely year so far.

Our next craft meet up will be this Sunday, 20th in our usual venue, Zest Cafe in the Limerick City Gallery of Art.

Just click on the links above if you need directions.

As it’s a Sunday, there will be free parking in Pery Square.

Lou will definitely be there from 2pm onwards. Though she may arrive a tad earlier.

This is Lou as you 'll most likely find her. Knitting.

This is Lou as you ‘ll most likely find her. Knitting.

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If you have any friends who may like to join our group please do share our details with them.

Some of us crochet

Some of us crochet

We love meeting new people in real life as well so hopefully we’ll get to meet some of you on Sunday.

Happy crafting!

Come on over and ‘like’ our Facebook page if you haven’t already.

We love seeing new faces appear.

Leave us a comment and say hi!

How our first meet-up of 2013 went

Well, it was quiet numbers wise.

Two yarny chatterboxes and a spinning wheel put paid to the quiet aspect in short order!

Lou ate cake and drank tea….and did a bit of knitting too.

Nyom! Chocolate orange for the win!

Nyom! Chocolate orange for the win!

The lovely Liz mesmerized fellow cafe goers with her spinning wheel.

There was talk of plies, spindles, fleece, carding and squishy yarn.

Just keep spinning, spinning, spinningJust keep spinning.....

Just keep spinning, spinning, spinning
Just keep spinning…..

 

 

 

1st Limerick SnB Meet-Up of 2013

Hello 2013!

It’s about time our group had a blog of it’s very own, isn’t it.

It seems apt to begin our blog on our first day back meeting up as a group.

Here’s the skinny on us.

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We like rainbows. They’re chock full of different colours, just like our group is chock full of different personalities, craft types and skill levels.

created by Hazel over at Cupcakery

created by Hazel over at Cupcakery

Our ongoing aim with this group is to provide a warm and encouraging space for people interested in crafting to share space, experience and enthusiasm. None of us are experts. We are all hobbyists who enjoy creating pretty or funky or usuable items with our hands.

It’s lovely to see projects started, tips exchanged, help given and happy crafty times shared.

Some of us crochet

Some of us crochet

Some of us knit

Some of us knit

We all like a cuppa with out crafting

We all like a cuppa with out crafting

If you’ve never been to our group and would like to come along then please do.

We are always delighted to meet new people.

Some of us are shy. Some of us are outgoing and chatty. We are all friendly though.

Sometimes we’ll seem really animated and as if we’ve known each other for years (that’s the joy of craft).

Sometimes we’ll seem utterly absorbed in whatever we’re working on.

Regardless of how we seem, come on over, say hi, pull up a chair and join us.

If you feel shy coming alone then come along with a friend. We’ll give them a warm welcome too.

That’s why we meet up in a public group so that we can meet other people who want to use their hands to create.

We meet in Zest Cafe at the Limerick City Gallery of Art on Pery Square in Limerick City.

Today, Sunday 6th January, we’ll be in Zest cafe from 2pm onwards.

It’s a lovely, bright and cheerful space.

You can us on Facebook.

We’re also on Ravelry.

So we’ll see you soon then?

Yes?

Marvellous :D

Happy crafty New Year!!