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Poppy Displays For Remembrance Day

By Vanessa 22 days ago

We spotted some wonderful tributes to Remembrance Day across Whitstable in Kent last weekend.

Some lovely local crafters have been busy making knitted and crocheted poppies and arranged them in a heart shape along the seafront in Whitstable.

It made a beautiful tribute to Remembrance Day.

These fabulous crocheted poppies were delicately arranged and made a wonderful effect in Whitstable's town centre.

It's not too late to make yourself a knitted or crocheted poppy using our patterns:

Knitted Poppy Pattern

Knit a poppy and help to commemorate the start of the First World War.

Knitted Poppy Pattern

Crochet Poppy Pattern

Crochet a poppy and help to commemorate the start of the First World War.

Crochet Poppy Pattern

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Charity of the Month - Barnardo's

By Vanessa 1 month ago

We’re delighted to be supporting Barnardo's as our charity of the month throughout November! During the month, you can round up your orders to the nearest £ at the checkout and all money raised will be donated to Barnardo's, a registered charity no. 216250 (England) & SC037605 (Scotland) and a company limited by guarantee (61625 England).

We’ll also be matching donations so whatever you donate, we’ll donate the same amount, therefore doubling the total amount raised for the charity.

Barnardo's is the UK's oldest and largest national children's charity. Every year, the charity supports over 350,000 children, young people and families, through over 1,000 vital services across the UK. Barnardo's helps children through the trauma of sexual abuse and exploitation, is there for young people in and leaving care, and supports families through domestic abuse, mental health problems, prison sentences, asylum seeking and much more.

Barnardo's aim is to provide the best outcome for every child, no matter who they are or what they have been through.

Helping vulnerable children during the pandemic:

COVID 19 has made life more difficult for the vulnerable children that Barnardo's helps, in more ways than could have ever been anticipated. As time goes on, more and more children will be identified as needing help, and the repercussions of the pandemic could last for years to come.

Through over 1,000 vital services across the UK, Barnardo's will continue to keep its promise to believe in every child. No matter who they are or what they have been through, Barnardo’s will help them not just to recover, but to thrive.

To find out more about the vital work that Barnardo’s does please visit their website.

Knit a snowman for Crafty Kidsmas:


Barnardo's and The Knitting Network have teamed up with best-selling author and knitting designer, Sue Stratford to create two fantastic Kidsmas knitting patterns, that you can download to help raise money for vulnerable children this Christmas.

You’ll be able to purchase the yarn to knit your Kidsmas Snowman goodies here. Throughout November, you will also be able to round up your orders to the nearest pound to help support children at Barnardo’s.

The Kidsmas Snowman teddy bear pattern is a brilliant challenge for experienced knitters, whilst the Kidsmas Snowman bag charm is perfect for beginners, looking for an introduction to the wonderful world of knitting.

There’s a suggested donation of £2.50 to download the Crafty Kidsmas knitting patterns, which will help to make a life-changing difference to a vulnerable child. Each donation of £2.50 could help supply 12 healthy eating cookery sessions for young carers like Anton.

To download your pattern and for more information on how you can get involved with Crafty Kidsmas click here.

Last month's charity of the month:

Throughout October we helped to support Porchlight and raised £1,581.30 thanks to your checkout donations. Thank you so much to everyone who donated! We’ll also be matching your donations bringing the total raised for the charity to £3,162.60

Porchlight is a local charity to us here at The Knitting Network and are Kent’s largest charity for homeless and vulnerable people. They’re here for people who have nowhere to go and no-one to turn to. Some are living on the streets; others need support to prevent or resolve any issues that could put them at risk of homelessness. Porchlight strive for a fairer society where vulnerable people find stability, the most excluded are included, and where homelessness and poverty are things of the past. Read more here.

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Crochet Sanctuary's Christmas Crochet Along

By Vanessa 2 months ago

Get ready for the Christmas season and join in the Crochet Sanctuary’s latest Christmas Crochet Along (CAL). Create a blanket that can be passed down through the family, to use at Christmas for many years to come!

There are two Colour Packs available, the Christmas Eve blanket kit, which is an aran weight blanket inspired by Nordic shades. Using 23 balls of Stylecraft Special Aran, this blanket will fit a single sized bed and is perfect to snuggle under as you wait for Santa to arrive! You will need a 5mm hook and the blanket measures approximately 48 x 78 inches.

Christmas Eve - Crochet Sanctuary Blanket Kit CAL

The Christmas Morning blanket is a DK weight blanket inspired by Scandi colours. Using 13 balls of Stylecraft Special DK, this blanket is sofa sized and is ideal as a wonderful addition to your Christmas décor! You will need a 4mm hook and the completed blanket measures approximately 40 x 70 inches.

Christmas Morning - Crochet Sanctuary CAL

What’s exciting about this CAL is that the pattern will be kept secret throughout! Each part of the pattern will slowly be revealed as you crochet each week. The first part of the CAL will start on 16th October 2020.

You will be able to crochet your blanket by following the CAL at the All Things Crochet Sanctuary Facebook group. The CAL is ideal for beginners as they will use YouTube videos to guide you as well support from fellow crocheters in the group throughout the CAL.
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Charity of the Month - Porchlight

By Vanessa 2 months ago

We’re delighted to be supporting Porchlight as our charity of the month throughout October! During the month, you can round up your orders to the nearest £ at the checkout and all money raised will be donated to Porchlight, a registered charity no. 267116.

We’ll also be matching donations so whatever you donate, we’ll donate the same amount, therefore doubling the total amount raised for the charity.

Porchlight is a local charity to us here at The Knitting Network and are Kent’s largest charity for homeless and vulnerable people. They’re here for people who have nowhere to go and no-one to turn to. Some are living on the streets; others need support to prevent or resolve any issues that could put them at risk of homelessness.

Porchlight strive for a fairer society where vulnerable people find stability, the most excluded are included, and where homelessness and poverty are things of the past.

Homelessness during the pandemic:

Porchlight has been supporting people who are homeless and at risk of becoming so throughout lockdown. When lockdown began, Porchlight's street outreach team helped 130 rough sleepers into emergency accommodation. The team continued working around the clock to ensure everyone in emergency accommodation had the support they needed. This included help accessing food banks, shopping for essentials, addressing the trauma caused by homelessness, and finding more permanent accommodation.

Porchlight's helpline was a lifeline for the many households who were worried about work or money, unable pay their rent, or struggling to put food on the table access food.

Porchlight was also there for vulnerable people alone in their homes who felt unable to cope emotionally. It supported them throughout lockdown, replacing normal face-to-face services with regular phone and video calls. Porchlight's teams were in regular contact, listening to people’s concerns and helping them to address the issues they were facing.

It also made sure people recovering from homelessness in Porchlight properties weren’t left behind. Because it’s easy to feel cut off from others if you have been homeless, it moved community hubs - places they can socialise, learn practical life skills and feel more connected to others - online so they could continue participating.

As the emotional and economic impact of the coronavirus deepens, Porchlight is expecting the demand for its frontline services to increase. It is planning for this and putting the resources in place to take action quickly and effectively so that it can help communities to respond and recover from this crisis.

To find out more about the vital work that Porchlight does please visit their website here.

Last month's charity of the month:

Throughout September we helped to support The Wildlife Trusts and raised an incredible £1,315.59 thanks to your checkout donations. Thank you so much to everyone who donated! We’ll also be matching your donations bringing the total raised for the charity to £2,631.18.

The Wildlife Trusts believe people are part of nature; everything we value ultimately comes from it and everything we do has an impact on it.

Wherever you are, Wildlife Trust people, places and projects are never far away, improving life for wildlife and people. The Wildlife Trusts believe that by working together, we can change the natural world for the better; everyone has a part to play.

Autumn is an important time for Hedgehogs as they get ready for hibernation. This means surviving for many months without food or water while living off their own fat reserves that they build up in Autumn. As the season progresses, many people ask how they can help hedgehogs to build up their reserves ready for the winter months. Not only this, but hedgehogs also need a home to settle down into for the winter. Read more here.

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