The Big Woolly Weekend Round-up!
Over 10th-11th June The Big Woolly Weekend took place, and knitters came together all over the country to do their bit for chairty, and for a chance to win a woolly trip to France! Here are a few of the highlights from the weekend.
Taking place over World Wide Knit In Public Day, and Yarn Bombing Day, knitters and groups could grab free yarn from participating stores and 20cm squares were knitted in earnest to string up into bunting, and then to be washed and sewn into blankets to send on to Knit For Peace.
Two winner’s were chosen to a winner’s trip to France at the end of this month, and we are delighted to announce this year’s winners!
Store Prize – Sarah Griffin from Hollies Haberdashery, Newcastle-under-Lyme, who will be taking her Mother with her to France. Sarah and her customers created 536 squares to decorate their local area! Sarah also has customers who are still knitting and crocheting squares and is hoping to reach 600 as her grand total to send to Knit for Peace.
Prize Draw – Lee Kneen-Man, from Hertfordshire will be taking her husband with her to France. Lee has knitted and crocheted many imaginative colourful squares, 25 at last count – well done Lee!
Read on to see what shops, groups, and knitters around the country got up to over The Big Woolly Weekend!
“The girls here at Owl Tree in Dalry had a great weekend with lots of crafting activity going on. The weather wasn’t too kind to us, but it did dry up later in the afternoon. Over 500 squares were made and loads of other bits to decorate the town. Thank you to all who took part!”
“We held ours in a marquee that was part of a sci-fi event on in our town. We had a fantastic day!”
Sam – All Things Wool, Stockton on Tees
“We took part in The Big Woolly Weekend and considering we only opened our doors two days prior to the event we had a wonderful response! Our very first customer was a lovely lady called Phillipa who came in with some squares made up in response to our Facebook posts. In total we created just over 30 squares with several more promises from drop-in customers imminent.”
Chang Crafted, Kent
“We’re a very new shop here, and it was a funny day, so I don’t have any action shots, however I do have a picture of (not all) of the squares my lovely customers have made for me, hanging from washing lines like prayer flags. It’s so awesome, I thought you would like to see it. We ran out of pegs (again!) so there are a couple more piles. I make it 316 so far, and people are still bringing them in.”
Kate – Crochet Cottage, Evesham
“We had a fab day in both shops and hundreds of squares donated! Here is a picture of the outside of the Dorchester shop all set up for the day, and we also had a group busy beavering away in the Cullompton shop.”
Cara and Tori – Fudge’s Wool & Haberdashery Dorchester, Dorset and Cullompton, Devon
“We had to take cover for the woolly weekend as it was raining the whole time, however, this is a picture I took of two of our knitters making up squares inside my shop, Rainbow Yarns in Rothbury, Northumberland.”
Avril Graham – Rainbow Yarns
Outside Jenny Wren Yarns, Suffolk
Working hard at Christine’s Wool Shop, Birmingham
“Here are a couple of knitters for Knit for Peace, knitting in public on Hampstead High Street. We had lots of interest from members of the public, with many sitting down with us to learn how to knit or reacquaint themselves with the craft!”
Alice – The Charities Advisory Trust
“Between them, (the ladies at Love Me Yarns)knitted and crocheted 210 squares for the world Knit in public day! The ladies’ names are; Nicola Ottery, Mandy Babb, Kath Day, Beryl Bennett, Val Greening, Caroline Bugeja, Esme Plece, Carol Shimell, Adele Morgan, Andrea Lavery, Sue Mason, Anne Oakey, Mary Williams, Jo Powell, Mo West, Meryl Pollard, Jan Sully, Gloria Perera, Laura Debnam, Beryl Bennett, Chris Pope, Ayla O’Donovan, Linda Willis, Mo Stock, June Clapton, Sam Santini, Mrs McCulloch, Dorothy Price, Anne Phillips, Jane cook Jennifer jones Sheila Cox Coral Cox Dorothy jones Miriam Mallard, Julie Derravan, and Nicola Milsom.”
Nicola – Love Me Yarns, Newport
Some of Tiverton’s town centre visitors on Saturday 10th of June noticed some knitting and crocheting going on in some of the Tiverton’s cafes and Library! The crafting community as well, as the Tiverton Bead and Wool shop, were marking 2 great events in one day – World Wide Knit in Public Day and end of month long charity knitting/crocheting action for Knit for Peace!
Enjoying the day at Woolly Beader, Okehampton
“Thank you very much for your generosity. I do hope we can do this again next year.”
Julie – Wool Zone,Oakham
Watch this space to find out when The Big Woolly Weekend 2018 will be taking place!