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Knitting and crafting for charity has become an enormous success in Inspire libraries.
Every year we support a different charity and 'call out' to groups and individuals that want to be involved and take part. The annual theme is announced in the spring and the resulting work is collected and put on display.
This year the Miner2Major Landscape Partnership Scheme and the RSPB at Sherwood Forest are joining Inspire to support Nottinghamshire
crafters to take part in The Innocent Big Knit and raise money for AgeUK.
Juliet Bernard, hand knitting guru, designer and former editor of The Knitter magazine has designed a miniature Robin Hood hat for Notts crafters to knit and crochet!
Download the patterns by clicking on the PDF below:
Juliet has created two helpful videos so everyone can have a go!
There are so many reasons to join in with Knittinghamshire for the Innocent Big Knit:
To sew the hat and base together:
We expect the exact size of the base and Robin Hood hats will differ from maker to maker, but all are welcomed by Innocent. This is what the people at Innocent say about the size of all tiny hats in general on their website:
"The best way to test your hat fits is to nip to the shops and get yourself a smoothie (we would say that, wouldn’t we?) If you can’t do that, when laid out flat, your hat dimensions should measure about 5 to 7cm along the bottom and at least 3cm high."
"Every hat is important, whether it’s as neat as a pin or as homemade as a pasta portrait."
Inspire Libraries will be delighted to receive finished hats from you. Hats donated by 1 July 2021 will take part in the Inspire Charity Knitting Challenge Exhibition. At the end of the exhibition we will send all miniature Robin Hood hats to The Innocent Big Knit so they may adorn bottles of Innocent smoothie drinks in shops across the country in 2022.
See all the wonderful woolliness together from Tuesday 20 July to Saturday 25 September at Edwinstowe Library and at Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre on Robin's home turf!
Click on the Our Libraries link to find out the latest information about Library opening times.
If you are unable to visit an Inspire Library, please return your Robin Hood hat/s by post to:
Mansfield Central Library
Four Seasons Centre
They are promoting and supporting Knittinghamshire by giving away free wool (while stocks last), so drop in to say hello - and get knitting and crocheting little Robin Hood hats!
Andrea's Treasures 656 Mansfield Road NG5 2GA
The Artful Buttoner 5 Kingsway, Kirkby in Ashfield NG17 7BB
Button Moon 12 The Marketplace, Arnold NG5 6ND
Knit Nottingham 9 Trinity Walk NG1 2AN
Knitworking 5 Main Road, Carlton NG4 3HQ
Marshall Rowell & Co Ltd 97
Nottingham Rd, Eastwood NG16 3AJ
Merry Maid New Ollerton 35 Forest Road, New Ollerton NG22 9PR
Stitches 31 Potter Street, Worksop S80 2AE
The Two Knits 28-30 High Street, Mansfield Woodhouse NG19 8AN
The Wool Shop in Sherwood Forest Sherwood Forest Art and Craft Centre, Forest Corner, Edwinstowe NG21 9RN
There's a range of Online Leisure and Culture Courses from Learning and Skills to suit new and more experienced knitters and crocheters. Click here to find a course.
Click here for information about the Inspire Charity Knitting Challenge Exhibition. Now on!
From Tuesday 20 July to Saturday 25 September at Edwinstowe Library and Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre.
Take a look at our past charity challenges here
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