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By Loving Hands, Aug 31 2018 09:47AM


I was having a quiet late-August day, feeling a bit tired after my family holiday, searching on Google, and found your website. I was looking for charity knitting, as I have collected odds and ends and small balls of wool from charity shops.

I loved what I saw, the breadth and range of items you accepted and also where they are sent. It seems there is not an illness or age group that does not receive knitted donations. My Knit and natter group will be interested when I tell them, few of these elderly unstoppable ladies use the internet.

I first knitted for charity when in primary school, we were asked to make strips to be sewed up for a blanket, asking grandmothers and aunts for left over wool. I did the asking, then I also consulted the next door neighbour and the kindly mothers of my Sunday School teachers. We did not have charity shops in our town when I was in primary school. The blanket was for refugees, this was 1960, (I am now retired) my mother did some of the sewing up and took the blanket to WRVS. I never knew which refugees; we have so much more information available for us these days.

People who like sewing are busy contributing this summer by making shorts for children in Africa; what a great picture you have of these bright colourful garments on a washing line. People who like to make hats and mittens and cot blankets, can do so for the families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House. (Are there many of these hostels near hospitals in the UK, as well as the one in Cardiff on the website I wonder, where families can stay while visiting their sick children? is there one in my county?)

I have to say that I always have a few knitting projects ongoing at the same time, something for the small grandkids, at which I have to concentrate; something special, like the Xmas angels for that special day when I am calm and can sit for an hour or two; and something easy that I can pick up and put down, to do in the car while waiting to pick up my friend, or while chatting at a social event. You cater for all!

I am waiting for my granddaughter to reach 9 years old, so that I can knit with her, and to make something like the poppies or the angels. I would have loved that when I was young.

I will soon be sending you some items, thank you for providing the possibility to knit interesting things, and for whatever takes our fancy, ill children, bereaved families, remembrance or children abroad.

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