Knitter of the Year: Charity Hero shortlist
Meet the charitable knitters who have been nominated for the Knitter of the Year Awards 2019 and read about why they were nominated.
Monnow Vale Knitters
You said: "The ladies of Monnowvale knitted blankets for the wards and for the day room. They make the blankets for the wards as each blanket goes home with patient."
PB’s Mum (Kept anonymous, we do have contact details)
You said: "I would so love to see my 84 year old Mum have some recognition for all she has done for nearly 80 years of knitting. She was an avid Knitter from a very early age being taught by my Nan. I have never seen my mum without knitting needles and all her children and grandchildren have all had her hand made knits. She has raised thousands of pounds over the years for numerous charities donating not only the wool but her time. From Teddies Dolls Toys Boobs baby prenatal hats Christmas items bed capes the list is endless. People in her town drop wool dolls and teddies in bags outside her door as they know she will dress them and donate them. The local charity shops tell her when a new batch of items come in for her to have the first browse. She has a spare bedroom taken over with every colour of wool you can think of, it's a haven for me and my sisters looking for the next project. She also helped to start up a local knitting group which went from 4 women to 80 plus which still meets the 1st Thursday every month in our local community campus. They are actually celebrating 20 years next year from their official starting date but for Mum it must be more like 25 years! Her Charities are British Heart Foundation The Local Corsham WI Dorothy House Hospice Our local Air Ambulance and lots of others. Even when she has had her own health issues and nursing our ill Dad she still found time to get her needles out. I would so love her to get some recognition and thanks for all her tireless work over the years."
You said: "Ruth is never without a project and often it is for charity. She has a particular love for children and babies so she makes piles of hats each year for the local hospital which gives one to each newborn. She volunteers at a local senior center to lead their knitting program bringing donated yarn and needles with her to keep costs down for the participants. She also co-chairs a local charity that provides blankets to kids in hospitals. They mostly do quilts but they accept knit and crocheted blankets as well. So many people take their crafting time as a personal indulgence - and there's nothing wrong with that but Ruth chooses to be endlessly generous and selfless."
You said: "Margaret is my mum and every year she knits a huge selection of hats for the homeless, handbags, hats, cuddly toys and hand puppets for Christmas boxes, twiddle muffs and bags for people with dementia, clothes, hats and blankets for premature babies to name just some of her projects. Over the years her knitting has travelled as far north as Scotland across to Eastern Europe and beyond. I am so proud of her she has been knitting since before I was born and also clothed my two children in beautiful hand knits from birth until about age 10! She has never stopped and knitting gives her a huge amount of pleasure."
Lynne April Bott
You said: "Lynne does lots and lots of hand knit toys and everything is donated to charity for animals. She works so hard at raising money for them"
You said: "Ellie has been coordinating the "Blankets for the homeless Glasgow" group. She has been making, sewing and delivering the blankets to charities that need them. She has kept doing all this while living with both MS and breast cancer. This is why I nominate Ellie today. She is a determined, creative, kind person."
You said: "Caroline has run a group called Bournville Crafty Bees for the last 5 years. The group led by Caroline knit and crochet for local charities, hats for the homeless, premature baby clothes for local hospitals, chemo hats and knitted knockers and much more. The group respond to any requests".
You said: "Slike is the founder of StreetKnits which donates hand-knit items to homeless shelters. She's also worked with multiple colleges to teach students to knit; with technical communication classes to create knitting manuals; and with college students to design the logo. She even gets international donations and presents at national conferences on her work."
You said: "Chastity Dunlap is doing a fundraiser for her new community dye studio where indie dyers who don't have a dyeing space of their own can come dye yarn and even sell their yarn in the shop! It's amazing and I hope she can reach her goal."