Monthly Archives: June 2012

Knitting groups get on board with Born to Knit!

We are very happy to announce that more knitting groups are joining in the Born to Knit campaign.   These groups are already helping us grow the campaign and produce even more wonderful blankets.

A very big thank you to these enthusiastic knitting groups for supporting the Born to Knit campaign this year:

VIC

Love to Read Blanket – Northcote Library

QLD

Brown Owls – Brisbane

NSW

Windgap Foundation – Eastlakes

SA

Devonshire Tea and Knitting – Adelaide

 

Are you knitting for Born to Knit?  We’d love to hear from you!  Share your photos and stories with us.

Want to be part of  a knitting group, or already have one, let us know and we will connect you.  For more information contact us at borntoknit@savethechildren.org.au

Happy Knitting!

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Meet Born to Knit volunteer, Margaret from Meredith!

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Please meet one of our fantastic volunteers, Margaret from Meredith VIC! Whilst resting after surgery, Margaret has not been idle at all. Instead, she has taken this opportunity to eat lots of chocolate, read and KNIT. She even started a weekly knitting group with her neighbour to knit squares.

Margaret has also kindly offered to pick up any squares or blankets from  Meredith. She can also pick up knitting from Ballarat when she goes there for shopping. She can even pick up from Eltham and Bentleigh East, whilst she is visiting her sons! So if you need a hand getting your knitted squares or blankets to us from these areas, please let us know and we’ll get you connected!

Margaret and her neighbour Lyne have also put up a Born to Knit flyer at the Meredith Roadhouse. Thanks for spreading the word ladies!

Born to Knit is possible due to the efforts and enthusiasm of our many supporters, so thank you very much Margaret for your incredible support. Your extra effort will be appreciated by the children who receive these lovely blankets, and we hope you’re enjoying your resting time!

Check out the Born to Knit website to see how other volunteers and community groups get involved with Born to Knit!

Are you knitting for Born to Knit?! Write to us at borntoknit@savethechildren.org.au so we can share your story!

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Brisbane Brown Owls are Born to Knit!

Have you heard of the Brown Owls? Brown Owls is a worldwide craft group that began in 2008, emerging from the iconic but sadly no longer running Meet Me at Mike’s store in Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Chapters all over the country have sprung up, where people get together to learn and share craft skills.

All people from all ages and walks of life are welcome to joing a Brown Owl group. Check out the Brown Owl blog to see if there is a Brown Owl group near you.

Brisbane Brown Owls are knitting squares for Born to Knit! Everyone is warmly invited, including those interested in learning how to knit.

Date: Sunday 1st July

Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Venue: Carindale Library, Westfield Carindale- 115 Creek Road, Carindale

For more information, contact Rebecca or Sam at brisbanebrownowls@gmail or have a look at the Brown Owls blog!

To get lots of blankets done, they will be having several meet-ups between now and the end of September, so check out their other dates here.

A warm thank you to the Brisbane Brown Owls for supporting Born to Knit, and happy knitting!

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Knitting novice? How about a Born to Knit Kit!

Are you a knitting novice? A Born to Knit Kit is the perfect way to get started!

By learning to knit, or teaching someone else how, you can help a child somewhere feel safe and warm.

This kit includes a beautiful, soft 50g ball of Patons 8ply 100% pure new wool, a pair of 4mm bamboo knitting needles, a sewing needle, a sticker sheet and full instructions for how to knit.

One Kit contains enough materials to make a 20cm square.  You can either keep knitting to make a complete blanket or send us your square and we’ll include it in one of our blankets.

The kit also comes with a postcard that you can send back to us, sharing your Born to Knit experiences!  We have already received many beautiful stories from many knitters, including this lovely message from two young knitters in Horsham VIC who received a Born to Knit Kit from their aunty for Christmas.

“I am so pleased my Aunty bought me this kit for Christmas. I am really happy that I am helping other children to stay warm.”

“I am so glad that my Aunty gave me the Born to Knit Kit. It has made me realise how lucky and spoilt we are and it feels really good for me to help the people who aren’t as fortunate as us. I would like to give them the best wishes in life. I am now going to try to help a lot more so people who don’t have much have a bit more.”

Born to Knit Kits are available at the Save the Children online store.

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Please, blankets and squares only

The Born to Knit team has been inspired by the amazing amount of beautifully knitted blankets and squares we have already received from supporters- many thanks!

We have also received a large number of knitted items that are neither blankets nor squares.  Unfortunately, as lovely as these items are, we do not have the resources to accept and distribute knitted goods other than blankets and squares.

If you want to donate your hand knitted clothes and toys to a good cause, we encourage you to send them to ‘Knit One Give One’ (KOGO). KOGO accept all knitted items that are not blankets and squares and do great work with disadvantaged communities.

Please send all knitted goods other than blankets and squares to KOGO – they have many drop-off points around Victoria, and also accept donations by mail.

Thank you for your understanding.

We are very much looking forward to receiving the blankets and squares that are being so lovingly created.

Happy knitting!

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Children need warmth and comfort right here in Australia too

      

Some blankets knitted by this year’s Born to Knit supporters have already been distributed to children in Australia through Save the Children programs.  While many people in Australia have the basics they need this winter, some children and families are not so well off.  These blankets are a welcome comfort, helping to keep children warm and protect against colds.

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Meet Born to Knit volunteers, Khaled and Bill!

Our knitting room was abuzz with energy and productivity last Wednesday as a group of corporate volunteers came down to help sew some knitted squares into complete blankets. We chatted with Khaled and Bill about volunteering with Born to Knit.

Have you knitted before?

Khaled: “I’ve never knitted before”.

Bill: “Never”.

What made you want to get involved with Born to Knit?
Khaled: “I read about Save the Children, and the work they do across the world with children, and thought this would be a good way to get involved”.

Bill: “I wanted to do something to help charity, and young children are especially vulnerable, so I wanted to do something that helped children in particular”.

Today, you guys came to help sew some squares together with a group from your office. Would you recommend others to get involved with Born to Knit?

Khaled: “Yes! It’s a great experience for a good cause. It’s a good and fun environment”.

Bill: “Yes, definitely. The blankets definitely go to a good cause and it’s a good group activity. No experience is needed!”

 

Thanks for your input lads! We agree- coming with a work group to knit or sew squares is a great way for workplaces to contribute to a good cause and have fun. No experience is needed, so if you would like to come help- simply email us at borntoknit@savethechildren.org.au

As always, happy knitting!

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