Stitch and Swap 1


On Monday night the London Stitch and Bitch group held a yarn swap to raise money for Haiti. It was a really fun evening with a  good mix of brand new knitters, people knitting for their BSc project (yes really) and Stitch and Bitch regulars. I went to knit as well as spread the p/hop word and was pleased to see people already knew about p/hop. One knitter was making a very fetching blue pair of  Karenina Socks and another knitter already had the Cranford Mitts pattern in her bag.

The Purple Purler (aka Em) did a stirling job of yelling orders and information (one of the many benefits of teacher training) and the Stitchettes did a marvellous job of coordinating the evening.

The yarn for swapping was laid out along the bar (the yarn bar) and the organised chaos began. For every swap that took place a donation was made to MSF. If the yarn recipient didn’t have yarn to swap the donation was increased to an amount the giver was happy with. It was good fun and an excellent way to either increase or decrease your stash.

Jenny Willknits made a gorgeous blanket using odds and ends from her stash which she raffled off raising £112 for the DEC Haiti appeal.

Knitters are so generous and the evening raised £205.36p (the 36p came from someone emptying the contents of  her purse into the donation bag) for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). MSF use the fundraising money where it is most needed but to give you an example £205.36p will buy three MSF dressing kits which will provide enough supplies for 150 dressings so when you see images of people in Haiti with bandages on after being treated by MSF staff you may have paid for that dressing. This may seem like a small thing but dressings are essential. Without them wounds are more likely to get infected which if not treated can lead to limb loss or even death. So go on, feel that small glow of humanitarian warmth as your generosity really does make a difference.

It was my first time at a Stitch and Bitch meeting and I have to say there was no bitching, just lots of interesting and entertaining knitters, good conversation and of course knitting. If you live in London and want to learn to knit I can highly recommend the S’n’B meetings as a great place to start as well as for more experienced knitters to socialise.

Thank you very much to everyone who came along and took part, the Stamford Arms Pub, SE1 for the use of their room (I think they were amazed by how many knitters turned up – how little do they know?)  and of course to Stitch and Bitch London.

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If you missed this event why not hold one where you live? Let us know about it if you do so we can help out with flyers and MSF info. If you’ve already been to an event for MSF please get in touch if you would like to write about it here. Don’t forget there is the ongoing yarn (and books, DVDs, anything-you-can-think-of) swap in the p/hop Ravelry group.

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