I am interested to know how many and whereabouts any knitting groups are in and around County Fermanagh. A customer from Omagh was sharing her group’s activities with me this morning and it sounded wonderful. Like us they do a lot of charity knitting, including knitting for the fish and chip babies in Africa. They knit for each chosen charity for 3 months and then change to another. This is a brilliant idea and means the knitters don’t get fed up knitting the same things all the time.
Use this blog to share your experiences and charity ideas. We are always happy to pass on to others what we are doing and also where we send things too. This can be a real problem as not all hospitals for example will take premature baby items or small dolls or teddies for A & E departments. If you are knitting for Africa they prefer dark colours, not pastel so it is wise to check before you knit anything. There are plenty of causes that are more than happy to take hand knits and will gladly tell you exactly what is needed.
Many ladies, and I am sure a few men, would like to join a group but don’t know how to go about it. Many customers say they would love to come here but live too far away. It would be great to know of other groups that I can put these customers in touch with. Not only do you all do great work but it is a fantastic way for people to meet like minded people, forge new friendships, combat loneliness and depression. It keeps your mind active and your mind busy. A small contribution to cover cost of tea and biscuits is a great idea. If you need to buy extra wool then it can come from this kitty and if, at the end of the year, you have any money left then a treat for yourselves is a great idea. As a treat we recently invited a local herbalist to come in and make creams with the ladies. A great afternoon was had by all and the best thing was it cost the ladies nothing. Everyone went home with a pot of cream specifically designed for them and the cost for the day came out of the kitty. To get started put a notice up in the local post office or local shop for donations of any odds and ends of wool. Nearly every house has a ball of left over wool that will never be used!!
Good luck ladies and I look forward to hearing from you. If you prefer you can call me and leave your group name, day of meeting, time etc and I will pass it on to any relevant customers.