The Knitting Project
We started our Knitting Project during lockdown to support our local community with a therapeutic task of knitting rectangles to make blankets for the vulnerable in refuges and sheltered housing in Caerphilly.
Here is our first Facebook post recruiting volunteers on 10th June 2020 and we were overwhelmed with the response:-
INSTRUCTIONS FOR RECTANGLES ARE BELOW, 👇
Cast on 40 stitches using double knit wool and 4mm needles (old size 8). Working in garter stitch (every row knit) work until your rectangle measures 10 1/2 inches (approx. 110 rows) x 8 inches. Cast off. You can knit as many or few as you like in any colour.
Wool can be purchased from Poundland, Home Bargains, B&M, Discount shop (Pentrebane St), C n K Haberdashery (Indoor market) and Poundstretchers in town. Thanks.
LOOKING FOR KNITTERS FOR OUR COMMUNITY PROJECT❤️🌈
- COULD YOU HELP TO KNIT RECTANGLES or PUT BLANKETS TOGETHER? -
We're looking for volunteers to help knit rectangles to create attractive, colourful blankets for the Caerphilly Benefice for needy families in our community, sheltered residential homes and refuges. We're also looking for volunteers to help put blankets together. It's a great project to be involved with as not only is knitting therapeutic but you also have the added satisfaction that you're helping to support your community. We'll be so grateful to receive all of your knitted rectangles at our Centre when we're allowed to open again. THANKS😍
KNITTING PROJECT UPDATE - 13/10/20
We’ve had over 300 rectangles delivered to our centre and have sorted them by size and colour into 12 bundles each with 25 rectangles. They are lovely, thank you!
If you’d like to be part of this, please would you:
Continue to knit the rectangles (8 x 10.5 inches) if you’d like to
Bring in any completed knitted rectangles (if you can crochet and want to make up the blankets (5 x 5) please do so)
Let us know if you will crochet the rectangles together (we’ll contact those of you who have offered in the next few days)
Our plan is to get the completed blankets & knee blankets to sheltered and residential homes and refuges by the end of November.
And the donations start pouring in!
A beautiful blanket crocheted together
Your donations being colour sorted
Caerphilly Miners Centre for the Community
Notes of meeting: Knitting project held on Zoom on Wednesday 7 October 2020
Present: Sheila Hopkins, Katherine Hughes, Ruth Starr, Marion Watts.
Apologies: Susan Jones, Anwen Hill, Jenny Church, Diane Britt, Lynda Hawkins, Sally Keene, Carol Boyes, Jenni Jones-Annetts, Dawn Cole, Susan Masters, Karen Masters, Victoria Roper.
It was reported that Kate was no longer able to coordinate this and we would need to complete it ourselves. The key challenges are (1) to reach everyone to get them to bring in their rectangles (2) everyone to
get them to bring in their rectangles (2) to get a team who can crochet them together and (3) to distribute them.
We have received around 200 rectangles to date. These are of differing sizes.