Here in the UK it’s Wool Week, a festival organised by the Campaign for Wool to highlight the beauty and versatility of wool as a fibre. There are lots of things going on around the country to help celebrate it.
It’s also National Knitting Week. The UK Handknitting Association are encouraging us all to get involved by doing one of the following things:
- Commit to Knit – a campaign to get 1,000 knitters and crocheters to sign up to make at least one item for charity this autumn. My own favourite knitting charity is p/hop, a fundraiser for Medecins Sans Frontieres (known as Doctors Without Borders in the USA). They run an honesty box system, seeking donations in exchange for patterns kindly donated by designers. You make a donation based on the estimated enjoyment you’ve had making the item. Hence p/hop: pennies per hour of pleasure. They have an active group on Ravelry, which engages in all sorts of fundraising fun, and you will see the p/hop stand raising money at many UK yarn festivals.
- This Friday is the Campaign for Wool Woolly Hat Day, in aid of the Mission to Seafarers. Knit or make a hat to raise funds for them.
- Knitting groups are a great way to meet new people, learn new techniques or to just have an excuse to knit without interruption for a while. My craft group at work are going to have a special extra session for National Knitting Week, with an extra push to encourage new people – including learners – to come along.
- And if you don’t fancy being quite that organised, why not knit on the bus or in a public place and chat to the people who ask you about your knitting. Or just wear your best hand knits all week.
Me, I’m going to try to up the knitting content on this blog during Wool Week/Knitting Week. I started last night with a post about a recent FO, but expect lots of yarny content this week from me.