Posted by Amy | Posted in Knitting | Posted on 14-10-2015
To celebrate National Knitting week at the beginning of October, the United Kingdom Hand Knitting Association (UKHKA) launched a campaign called ‘Commit to Knit’. National Knitting week is all about encouraging people to pick up their knitting needles (or crochet hooks for that matter) and knit. all in all a week to celebrate the fabulous craft that is knitting. Many people enjoy knitting, but don’t know what to knit, or who to knit for. Very often it is nice to knit small items such as baby clothes, or perhaps have a blanket on the go inbetween a larger project, sort of mini side projects. Commit to Knit is a great initiative for knitters to donate their makes to charity.
Throughout August the UKHKA asked people to suggest charities that they could help. The charities were contacted and those who chose to take part can now be found on the UKHKA blog. On the latest blog post there is a link where you can sign up to the campaign. There are so many fantastic organisations to choose from including Knitted Knockers, The RSPCA and Sands UK to name just a few. Depending on what you wish to knit, or which charity you wish to support, there is plenty of information on each organisation on the UKHKA blog.
‘Commit to Knit’ will help to not only raise awareness of the charities you will also be helping them to raise money when they sell your knitted / crocheted items. For more information go to the charity projects page on the UKHKA website.
Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News | Posted on 14-08-2015
When you search on Google for twiddle muffs a whole host of interesting, textured creations come up. These wonderful items are a fantastic aid for those with dementia.
Image source – AnnNursingTimes on Twitter
“People with dementia often find it calming to have something to keep their hands busy and so the hospital wants local people to help by making some “twiddle muffs”. These items can be knitted, crotched or sewn and are a traditional muff shape, but include ribbons, zips, buttons and so forth, both inside and out, that can be “twiddled”.” – Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
Since sharing a post on our Facebook page about Bolton Hospital collecting twiddle muffs for their Donate £1 for their dementia campaign, we have had quite a lot interest from our followers. People have been asking if they can drop the twiddle muffs off here at the Craft Barn. The answer is yes, we have got a box ready and waiting for your twiddle muffs. We will be collecting them until 30th September 2015, after which we will take them all to Bolton Hospital.
If you would like a pattern to make a twiddle muff take a look on the Bolton NHS website where there is a link to a free download.
If you do not live local to the Craft Barn or Bolton Hospital and wish to donate, be sure to check a hospital in your local area to see if they are collecting twiddle muffs too.
Posted by Lesley Cragg | Posted in Company News | Posted on 20-05-2015
After a nearly 5 month wait, I have finally had the chance to cuddle 2 very precious little ladies!
Both girls have been transferred to Alder Hey Childrens hospital now and are doing well. Here they are, finally reunited after 4 and half very long months.
Steph and I will be running a stall at this year’s Croft Carnival in conjunction with The Newborn Appeal on Saturday 4th July to raise money for Liverpool Womens Hospital. We are hoping that one or even both of the twins will be there with us too. (fingers crossed!)
We will be selling lots of hand knitted baby items suitable for new-borns through to toddlers.
Although we have lots of items already, we are looking for donations to sell on the day.
Items can include toys, blankets, clothing or anything else hand knitted or crocheted.
All money raised from this event will go to the Newborn Appeal which funds a lot of the lifesaving equipment required to keep these precious little babies alive!
Please send any donations to:
FOA: Lesley Cragg
Black Sheep Wools,
Steph, Dan and myself would like to thank each and every one of you for your very kind donations so far. We cannot express how grateful we are for all of your well wishes and support throughout what has been a very difficult time.
Posted by Lesley Cragg | Posted in Company News | Posted on 16-03-2015
I sent the second lot of items (2 huge boxes!) to the hospital last week in with my friends and they couldn’t believe how many things that had been donated!
Here is a thank you for all of your support and kindness:
“To all our knitting Angels out there, we would like to say a massive THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for all your support and generosity. It goes such a long way and helps not only us but many other parents in tough times like this. It lightens up even the darkest days when we walk into the neonatal units and see our babies in their incubators looking cosy and cuddly wearing the hats you have made and cocooned in the blankets. I am pleased to say our babies are progressing now, and as they progress they can wear their own clothes. Which proudly lets me share this photo from yesterday of Rosie having time off her ventilation.
And me having a cuddle with Hollie, wrapped in one of your lovely hand knitted blankets.
We will keep on sharing our progress with you, and once again, thank you so much.”
Steph, Dan, Hollie, and Rosie x x x x
Posted by Lesley Cragg | Posted in Company News | Posted on 09-03-2015
I went to the hospital again at the weekend to see my friend and the twins. Unfortunately the babies were too poorly for visitors however, I did get chance to have a coffee with Mum and Dad. I told them about all of you lovely people sending things in for the unit. They were thrilled and amazed at your generosity. They totally understand the importance of hand knitted items and they know how much time and love goes into everything handmade. Hand knitted blankets really do make a difference, not only do they cover the babies but they use them for swaddling in the incubators too.
They wanted to share some pictures so you can see hand knitted items in action.
These 2 pictures were took a couple of weeks ago:
And here are 2 more recent ones:
I have had a few people asking if this is an ongoing campaign and the answer is yes!
Black Sheep Wools is proudly partnering with the Newborn Appeal to help raise awareness and funds for new equipment for those very special little babies.
If you would like more information on how you can help, please visit www.blacksheepwools.com/free-premature-baby-patterns or email email@example.com
Here’s a sneaky peek at the gorgeous things we have received so far. Thank you so much for your ongoing support, it is truly amazing xxx
Posted by Lesley Cragg | Posted in Company News | Posted on 16-02-2015
I went to visit 2 special little girls yesterday at Liverpools Womens Hospital and they are doing great. We can’t ask anything more of them. They’re both still very poorly but the doctors and nurses are happy with their progress.
Whilst I was there, I handed the ward the first little lot of hand knits that you lovely people sent in. The staff were over the moon with the gifts and extremely grateful.
On Thursday I have a meeting with Nadia who works for The Newborn Appeal (a charity that funds the Special Care Baby Unit at the hospital) to discuss how we can help raise awareness of the charity. Please take a little time to read her blog post below and I will be back with a further update for you very soon.
Once again, thank you for your ongoing support, it really does mean a lot xx
I’m Nadia and I work for The Newborn Appeal at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. We are a registered charity that funds both specialised equipment on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and research into the care of Neonates and Special Babies and we need your help!
Liverpool Women’s Hospital Neonatal Unit is a referral unit and cares for babies from across Merseyside and the North West. Owing to past support, we are lucky enough to have funded the purchase of specialised equipment outside of the regular NHS provision which means that the quality of care on the NICU is second to none! However, in order to continue to care for our special babies, replace existing equipment and introduce new equipment, we need to raise funds.
A great deal of our income comes from the sale of beautiful hand-knitted baby clothes and this is where we need the help of the followers of Black Sheep Wools! If you are able to knit clothes (from newborn to toddler sizes) to donate or are able to hold your own Knitting Stall in your area to help us sell the lovely items we have, we would be happy to hear from you! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about how you can get involved in supporting The Newborn Appeal.
We are excited to be working with Black Sheep Wools and are grateful for your enthusiasm and support so far. Many special babies will benefit from your efforts – whether it is from knitting garments or holding your own stall – so a HUGE THANK YOU on behalf of the babies and their families who you will help!
The Newborn Appeal
Posted by Lesley Cragg | Posted in Company News | Posted on 06-02-2015
Wow, what a week it’s been. We are all totally overwhelmed with the response from people wanting to help out with our premature baby campaign. We have already received this little lot and people are bringing things in every day!
Things have moved on a lot since I posted the original blog post. We are conversations with The Newborn Appeal to see how we can work together to make a real difference to those special little babies.
Due to the huge response, we thought it only right that we create a page on our website dedicated to this campaign. Christine Cooper, the founder of Ray of Hope charity has very kindly donated some free patterns for you all to download. These patterns have been written by members of the public so we cannot accept responsibility for any inaccuracies or accept any queries relating to them.
The page can be found here:
Hopefully, this new page will answer any questions you may have however, if you do have any further questions, please email email@example.com.
Thank you again for all of your ongoing support xx
Posted by Lesley Cragg | Posted in Company News | Posted on 29-01-2015
It’s not until something happens to you or someone close that you realise how lucky we are to live in a world where miracles can actually happen.
One of my close friends has just had identical twins which were born 13 weeks premature. Both babies are very poorly and in the Special Care Baby Unit at Liverpool Womens Hospital.
After going to visit them, I noticed all of the beautiful little bonnets that each baby wore as well as the hand knitted blankets that were in each incubator. I instantly felt the need to help and do what I can to supply them with more of these hand knitted things. As I work in the biggest wool shop in the UK, it only seemed right to get as many people as possible to knit a little something for all of those special little babies.
I have been in touch with the hospital and asked if there was anything they particularly needed or anything they are running low on and they have asked for the following:
• Ventilator Bonnets (larger sizes) in dk wool & neutral colours. If you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org I will send you a copy of either the knitting or crochet pattern.
• V Neck cardigans (all premature sizes)
• Knitted / Crochet blankets in any pattern / design (approx 24 x24”)
If you would like to help out with this campaign, please send your knitted / crocheted items to:
Black Sheep Wools
Or you can bring them into the store.
I will personally ensure that any items you send, reach the ward in immaculate condition and I promise to keep you all updated on the progress of this campaign.
If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me direct by emailing Lesley@blacksheepwools.com