Local children in need

 

There are families in our community who are suffering real hardship; struggling to put food on the table for their children, let alone clothe them. Wool With A Mission is a small, very friendly, group of ladies who meet on the third Thursday morning of each month in Woosehill Church (10am-midday). Our mission is to knit and crochet clothes, blankets and soft toys to support First Days Children’s Charity.  

First Days are based in Hurst. They work with child care professionals who refer families to them when they are at a time of crisis – when they need something for their children and simply cannot afford it.

We at Wool With A Mission would like to reach out to people who would be willing to knit or crochet for these local children in need. You don’t have to be able to get to our monthly meetings (though we’d love to see you if you could). You could simply knit at home in your own time – and we will organise the collection of finished garments

This is such a good cause – and right on our doorstep! The volunteers at First Days are absolutely lovely – so dedicated – and so grateful for support. The greatest need at the moment is for new-born baby clothes and blankets. So – do you knit or crochet? Or does your Mum, Mum-in-law or Grandmother? If you would like to help us to support local families in need by knitting or crocheting – please get in touch here.

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New-born sets

 

A little while ago, I asked First Days what their greatest needs are. One of those needs was: “cardigan, hat, booties and mittens sets (0-3 months size) that we could give our new Mums who are referred to us.”

WoolWam member, Val Radley got knitting and, yesterday, I took the fruit of her labour to First Days in Hurst.  They were absolutely delighted and told me that they have two families in need with babies due in January. So they are going wrap the sets up, label them “knitted with love” – and give them to the families before Christmas! I’m so thrilled that we’re working with First Days – such a good local cause!

See more of Val’s knitted garments here

Knitted with love

 

I went over to First Days in Hurst on Thursday – and took a load of garments that had been knitted by our group (special thank you to Vicki).  First Days collects children’s second-hand clothing and other items for  families in need – families referred to them by childcare professionals. They were absolutely delighted to have brand new hand-knitted items! “Knitted with love!” said Maria there.

This is such a good cause – and right on our doorstep! There are families in our community suffering real hardship – struggling to put food on the table for their children – let alone clothe them! And the volunteers at First Days are absolutely lovely – so dedicated – and so grateful for support.

I’m about to produce information leaflets for them – about how Wool With A Mission is now working with First Days – and what are the most desperately needed items of clothing. They will give a leaflet to anyone they come across who would like to knit or crochet for these local children in need. And I will use the leaflets wherever I can. I’m going to produce some posters too – for Morrisons or the library perhaps.

It would be good to reach out to people who would be willing to knit or crochet. The greatest need at the moment, I gather, is for new-born baby clothes. So – do you knit or crochet? Or does your Mum, Mum-in-law or Grandmother? Could you – or they – produce something very simple like this little cardigan:-

This new-born size cardie is knitted all in one piece
The pattern can be downloaded here

For more ideas click here

You don’t need to use that pattern of course – knit or crochet your favourite patterns. And you don’t need to be able to get to our monthly meetings – you can simply knit or crochet at home – then contact us  here  and we will organise the collection of  finished garments.

First Days

At the September meeting, a member of the group  told us about a local charity, First Days, that she supports. ( https://www.firstdays.net)

First Days was set up in 2013, in response to research that identified a need in local communities in Berkshire: families were struggling to make ends meet and could not provide all that their children needed.

First Days works with child care professionals who refer families to them. The charity collects donations from a network of supporters and redistributes them to families in need – baby and toddler clothes, equipment, furniture and toys. In the five years since then, First Days has helped thousands of families in this way. With the changes in social security payments, First Days – just like food banks – are struggling to support more and more families in need.I wondered if WoolWAM might knit and crochet for the charity. They are based in Hurst – so I popped in to see them. I spoke to a lovely lady called Maria who was delighted by the idea of us knitting for them.

We are going to work together on this project – withWoolWAM widening it’s scope to include – not just the lonely or isolated – but anyone who would like to knit for local families in need. They wouldn’t need to be able to get to our monthly meetings – they could simply knit at home in their own time – and we can sort out a way to collect/drop off the finished items.

I’ve offered to co-ordinate all the knitting/crochet – and Marie, who lives not far from Woosehill, can pick it all up when it’s most convenient for her. First Days will put a link to WoolWAM on their web site – explaining how we are working together – and I will do the same on the WoolWAM web site.

I asked Marie what First Days‘ greatest needs are. She told me “cardigan, hat, booties and mittens sets (0-3 months size) that we could give our new Mums who are referred to us. Any pattern idea would be lovely. We are always short of ‘generic’ newborn items when the family are not sure of the gender.”

Also hats gloves and scarves  sets for all ages at this seasonal change. Perhaps a scarf and hat, and gloves set with the fashionable bobbles on. And we always need little blankets for moses/crib size, cot (120cm x 60cm) and toddler bed (140cm x 70cm) sizes.”

Simple Patterns

We at Wool With A Mission are starting to collect simple patters that would be ideal for First Days needs. There are a couple on this page:- Simple knitting patterns.   We’ll keep adding patterns – so please check back.

If you would like to help us to support local families in need by knitting or crocheting – please contact us here

Inner peace

 

T​his hand puppet, for the Shoebox Appeal, was knitted by a member of Wool With A Mission who hasn’t knitted for 45yrs! It’s been a brutal time for her, with two bereavements within months. “Knitting has been my saviour” she explains. “Life has been tough, the hardest year of my life, but once I pick up the knitting an inner peace comes over me. It’s difficult to explain and I wouldn’t have believed it, but it’s true.”

That’s our mission – to create a supportive community – not just for our older members – but also for young mums at home with small children who feel isolated when their neighbours are out at work. It’s good to get out of the house and spend time with people, learning or sharing knitting and crochet skills.

You are very welcome to join us. And if you know anyone you think might enjoy this – who doesn’t ‘do’ the internet – please let them know.

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Twiddle muff

 

Well done Rachel Lewis for creating this stunning twiddle muff!

A photograph can’t do the muff  justice – it’s all about the feel of it ! From the various attached buttons and ribbons – to the different textures of the wools used, not only on the outside of the muff – but also on the inside. This will keep restless hands busy!

Rachel has kindly supplied us with a knitting pattern and a crochet pattern.

Just click the links below to download:-

Twiddlemuff knitting pattern

Twiddlemuff crochet pattern

 

 

Knit and crochet group

 

We are in the process of setting up a knit and crochet group on Woosehill, Wokingham. People can simply bring their own knitting/crochet and join us. It would be great to build a crafting community here on Woosehill.

We want to encourage and inspire each other – share ideas and patterns – and just enjoy being with others who love to knit and crochet.

Anyone who wants to know how to knit or crochet can learn from others in the group who will be delighted to share their skills.

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