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Charity Knitting Night!

On Tuesday 22nd May – as part of Dementia Awareness Week, The Crafty Lass is holding a charity knitting night where we are knitting Twiddlemuffs…
 
What are they?! They sound funny… however, they are actually very important for Dementia sufferers. These are knitted hand ‘muffs’ that have various things attached to ‘twiddle’ with – like buttons, pompoms etc. They provide comfort and stimulation. They are also very much needed and very simple to make – if you know how…!
 
This event has now sold out – BUT – we have had SO MANY kind donations, that we are looking to hold ANOTHER event in the future too!
 
Just to clarify… we asked for some “small donations” of wool to help with the event… and the generosity of some people is INCREDIBLE.
 
We have had MANY donations – thank you to ALL of you! But, in particular, I would like to mention a local lady – Sarah Jayne Adams – who donated THREE BIN LINERS FULL of wool, and many many many already made items. Some of these, are not all for Dementia sufferers – but they are of importance, brilliantly handmade and will be well utilised by our local NHS hospitals who we are donating everything to.
 
From all the donations, we currently have:
– Near to (approx!) 300 balls of wool…
– 12 Twiddlemuffs
– 2 Twiddlebags
– 3 Twiddlecushions
– 2 Twiddlebooks
– FORTY FIVE Twiddleblankets
 
AND
 
– FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY (Yes, 550!) Newborn baby hats!
 
Once our charity knitting night is over on Tuesday, we will be giving everything that is made away to local hospitals/homes and planning the next event…!
 
BBC Radio Northampton are going to be in attendance on Tuesday evening too, to chat to us crafters and work out what and why and how we are making everything! 
 
For more information on Alzheimers, Dementia, Twiddlemuffs and Dementia Awareness week, please visit:
 
https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/
https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/dementia-action-week
 

Categories: Business, Charity, General Craft, Radio, Workshops

The Crafty Lass does… Northamptonshire Day!

Although having been a resident of Northamptonshire for several years now – I was sadly, actually unaware until last month that there was such a thing as both a special ‘Northamptonshire Flag’ – and also a special county ‘Northamptonshire Day‘ on 25th October… Did you know? BBC Radio Northampton have also been holding a wonderful event over the last few years, on a weekend as near to 25th as possible, since 2014 when the flag and county day became established. The event highlights and celebrates all things fantastic about our wonderful county – the heritage, the producers, the things to do and see, the crafters…

When the opportunity arose to be a part of this special day for 2017 – this time to be held at Holdenby House on Sunday 22nd October – I jumped at the chance! And boy, was that a good decision! The day was simply brilliant – and made me proud to be part of such a vibrant community. There were foodie delights, beautifully made crafts and decorations, beers and ales, simply stunning falconry displays, archery, balloon modelling, face painting – even ferret cuddles and racing!! We were fortunate with the weather being on our side – an unexpectedly cold but crisp day of blue skies, sunshine – and some crazy winds thanks to Storm Brian, but none the less the people poured in for a day of fun, heritage, history and merriment! With approximately 2,000 people coming in through the door – I was lucky enough to meet some amazingly interesting people, make new friends and understand a small slice of just what our county has to offer!

The Crafty Lass stand was demonstrating making fabric tinsel and wreaths – ahead of the upcoming Christmas craft workshops – and also briefly appeared both live on BBC Radio Northampton with Carson Wishart and for a short stint in the ‘Talk Tent’ discussing just how important craft is – and how it can be a therapeutic opportunity to relax out of our busy working lives.

A particular shout out and thank you to the wonderful Elke Pollard who I met today and loved my craft demonstrations of fabric tinsel so much she bought the demo make to wear as a scarf! What a trendsetter!

Thank you to everyone who came along, watched the demonstrations, bought from The Crafty Lass (our greeting cards and some beautiful fabric fat quarters were for sale!) and were excited about coming along to the craft workshops! Also to all the other lovely producers and traders who I met today. Finally, a MASSIVE thank you to BBC Radio Northampton and Holdenby House – what a fantastic event you put on! See you next year!

Categories: Business, Places to Go & Things to See, Radio, The Crafty Lass does...

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