Setting up a Knitting Group


Setting up a Knitting Group

Amazing donation of jumpers from one lady in Stratford upon Avon

EARTH IS THE HOME WE SHARE - KNITTING GROUPS

Knitting groups enable you to meet new people & have fun sharing a favorite craft.  A CDUK knitting group makes your experience even more worthwhile as you get that good feeling that comes with helping other people, knowing that you are doing something useful.  Even if you don’t know the person who is receiving your home made garment, knowing that it is out there in the world is a great feeling.  Joining a knitting group is sociable activity & if you are new to knitting it is a great way to pick up new ideas, share patterns & have someone to help you through any difficult projects or explain a new technique.  For knitters of all skill levels, joining a group is a wonderful way to make time for your hobby.

All your knitting will be sent  by container to a refugee camp in Syria.  In the past we have sent to Ukraine, Palestine, France & Greece.  Go to our projects page for information about how to send your knitting. Thankyou.

Below are a few tips on getting a knitting group started in your area:-

FINDING MEMBERS

  • Send an email or phone friends telling them you want to start a new group & suggesting a time and place to meet up.  Tell them a bit about the work of CDUK and where some of their knitting can be sent if they wish.
  • Not all your knitting has to go to CDUK projects, family and friends are important too.
  • Ask them to ask their friends
  • Post a notice at your local knitting store, the library, church, or community notice board.
  • Write to the community page of your local newspaper
  • Post on your social network site – Face book, My Space or Tweet about it on Twitter

ORGANIZING YOUR GROUP

Kitted out for winter in Ukraine wearing hats & scarf from Warwickshire

  • Pick a date, time and location for a getting to know you meeting
  • Get everyone to introduce themselves & talk a bit about their knitting experience & maybe explain what they would like to get out of the group
  • Maybe have an informal discussion about how you would all like the group to develop
  • How often do you want to meet
  • Where do you want to meet
  • Do you want to rotate at different persons homes
  • Do you want to develop a more formal meeting with talks and demonstrations
  • Have a look on line for free knitting patterns, tips & ideas there is lots out there
  • Ask friends for spare wool, many of us have the odd ball tucked away that we might never need.

WHAT CAN CDUK DO TO HELP

  • We can provide leaflets on our latest knitting campaign. Knit for Kids. Get updates on our Face book page at www.facebook.com/direct.compassion
  • We can provide leaflets on our work in Europe, South America & Africa.
  • We may be able to come & talk to your group about our work or you can find out more from our website. www.compassiondirectuk.org
  • CDUK can provide a charity tin so that you can collect small donations from your members at each meeting.  Although we are all volunteers at CDUK we still have to find money for printing, insurance, transportation etc.

Many thanks for caring enough to participate. Ros Grant – Chairman of Trustees. T: 01341 388649