CRAFTIVISM: ONE / TWO / THREE

Here is my completed crocheted square for the “Knit A Poem” project for the Poetry Society’s centenary which I duly completed and posted off to them last week. There is a picture of the first words of the poem that have been stitched together here on the Prick Your Finger blog. They are still looking for blank 12 inch squares (in light colours) so quickly get knitting or crocheting and drop in a square or two at one of their “Stitching-Together-Athons on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September”. See details on the Prick Your Finger blog or on the Poetry Society‘s website if you want to join in.

I’d love to go to the Stitch-A-Thon but I’m going to be in Bury St. Edmunds that weekend with my Craft Guerrilla gals. We’re doing a talk about how to set up your own Craft Guerrilla and then doing a DIY Craft Event at a Making and Mending Exhibition.

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Reading through the many craft blogs that I follow, I’ve found my next two Craftivism projects which I thought you might like to take part in with me. The first one I found courtesy of Stitch n Bitch blog via a tweet from Knit The City. It is for a company called Seasalt based in Cornwall who are asking knitters to knit and donate scarves to raise money to help bees! Seasalt are a friendly, ethical company whose clothing range is certified organic by The Soil Association. (This will make my friend Laura smile – my organic jeans from Howies that I bought a few years ago amused her greatly.)

Here’s the skinny from Seasalt via Stitch n Bitch:

Seasalt is a friendly little Cornish clothing company. As you may know, last year we ran a project called Go Knit! that raised nearly £3000 for charity. The campaign involved members of the public donating hand-knitted scarves for us to display in our shop windows which were then sold with all proceeds going to a chosen charity (last year we donated to The Cinnamon Trust).

The campaign is back for its second year, this time to support The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, a lovely charity that is responding to the plight of the declining population of our bees and we wondered if you could help?

If you could donate a scarf we would really appreciate it. Alternatively, if you could pass on our message to anyone you know who might like to help that would be brilliant too!

Each of the scarves will have a large ‘hand-knitted by…’ tag which is clearly visible to everyone passing the window. The knitter’s name (and optional website information) can be written on the tag, giving the knitter recognition here in Cornwall – and of course helping us to help the bees! The link to our website is www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk

If you would like to support our campaign please send any scarf donations to:

Kathryn Wild
Seasalt
1 Church Street
Falmouth
Cornwall
TR11 3DN

The scarves will be displayed throughout October, sorry, we know it’s short notice! It would be great to have any scarves by the 1st October, or soon after as we will continually re-stock the charity window as scarves arrive.

If you would like any more information please email us.

Many thanks,

Leigh, Chloe …and the bees!

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Last but by no means least another heart warming opportunity to send the loving craft spirit overseas. The Australian craft store Meet Me At Mike’s are holding their third annual Softie’s for Mirabel to give soft toys to children who have been orphaned or abandoned by their parents drug abuse. All the details are on the Meet Me At Mike’s blog and all entries will be displayed in the Meet Me At Mike’s storefront window until they are collected by the Mirabel Foundation to be distributed to the children.

There is a round up of free soft toy patterns and tutorials on the blog as well as details of their flickr group and all the information you need to make and send your soft toy to them. Remember to allow loads of time for your toy to arrive if you’re posting it to Australia though – they need to have received them all by 10 December.

As soon as I’ve found where he’s been hiding Little Bunny Foo Foo will be making a trip down under! He’s probably hopped off to bop some field mice over the head…

LITTLE BUNNY FOO FOO

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Phew, there’s a lot of links in that post! Once you’ve finished clicking your way through the links then it’s time to get your knitting needles clicking, your crochet hooks twirling and your sewing machines humming to whip up some crafty creations to make the world a slightly happier (and woolier) place.

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