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Winter 2018




Spring 2018
KNIT2GETHER



This is a knitting project that we have just launched in our Spring newsletter and which will be an ongoing, long term project. For those who like knitting, we are asking that you knit gloves, hats and scarves for the UK homeless. 
We have several collection points spread across the UK including a central factory base in the Midlands. These groups will either distribute themselves locally or send to COG for distribution in the Winter months,

London: Barnet
S East: Guildford & Horley
S Central: Oxford
East: Cambridge
N East: Wardley
N West: Sheffield
S West: Exeter
W Midlands: Hereford
Midlands: Leicester Westleigh, Ashby & Solihull
Scotland: East Kilbride
Wales: Flat 2, Newton Court

Central collection: Access Irrigation Ltd, 15-17 Yelvertoft Road, Crick, Northants NN6 7XS

If you have knitting to donate and are unsure of how to do that please get in touch. We are looking for more ecclesias to join the project and help as collection points, especially in areas where we don't currently have any so we would love to hear from you if you can offer your hall or ecclesia.

Why not let your neighbours know about it and set up a local 'Knit & Natter' group at your hall? This is a great way to build relationships with your local community and help the homeless together.

Here are a couple of  suggested patterns. Please get in touch if you would like more. 



Jason’s Hat features a simple cable design for extra warmth, firm ribbing to help keep its shape, and a thick, folded brim that can be adjusted to cover the ears on extra chilly days. Made with two skeins of Sweet Fibre Cashmere Aran, this hat is pure luxury and can easily be completed in a weekend.
Yarn
2 skeins of Sweet Fiber Yarns Cashmere Aran (91m / 100y per 50g skein).
Hats pictured are knit in Bruin and Smoke.
Sizing
To fit an adult head 22-24 inches in circumference.
Finished Measurements
8 inches wide, 11 inches long (unfolded brim) or 8.5 inches long (folded brim)
Needles
4mm / 6US 16” circular needle
5mm / 8US 16” circular needle
5mm / 8US dpns for decreases
Gauge
Ribbing: 20 stitches per 4 inches in rib pattern (unstretched), using smaller needles
Body: 12 stitches and 7 rows = 2 inches by 1 inch in the cable pattern, using larger needles




Colourful Beanie

Double Knitting – Needles 4 or 6

Brim & Sides

Cast on 90 stitches

Row 1  *K3, P3* repeat to end of row

Next – Continue until work measures at least 6” – longer if you do a turn up

Crown

Row 1  *K7, K2tog* repeat to end of row (80 stitches)
Row 2 Purl to end of row
Row 3  *K6, K2tog* repeat to end of row (70 stitches)
Row 4 Purl to end of row
Row 5  *K5, K2tog* repeat to end of row (60 stitches)
Row 6 Purl to end of row
Row 7  *K4, K2tog* repeat to end of row (50 stitches)
Row 8 Purl to end of row
Row 9  *K3, K2tog* repeat to end of row (40 stitches)
Row 10 Purl to end of row
Row 11 *K2, K2tog* repeat to end of row (30 stitches)
Row 12 Purl to end of row
Row 13 *K1, K2tog* repeat to end of row (20 stitches)
Row 14 Purl to end of row
Row 15 *K2tog* repeat to end of row (10 stitches)
Row 16 Purl to end of row
Row 17 *K2tog* to end of row (5 stitches)

Cast Off


Winter 2017  

BAGS OF LOVE

We were amazed by the generous response to the sleeping bag appeal. The total raised last Winter was £30 000 which meant that we got 1500 bags on to the streets! It has been wonderful to see our community working together to support the homeless.

In terms of distribution, around 40 participating ecclesias which are spread across the UK took 30 bags each and delivered them to their local charity or shelter. We really felt the hand of providence when the Viking Trek 350 bag, which we chose for the project, was put on a flash sale just as we started distribution, meaning that we could use your donations to buy more bags.

We do encourage ecclesias to continue to work on the link made with the charity by seeing if there are more ways in which they can help, for example with supplies, volunteer opportunities or even inviting the charity to the hall for a presentation on their work. We hope that the whole ecclesia will have had the opportunity to be involved in the work. Our prayer  is that this project will be a first step towards more brothers and sisters thinking about how they can “share.food with the hungry..give shelter to the homeless and give clothes to those who need them” ( Isaiah 58:7.NLT)  in their local area. It is often by actually seeing and feeling the need first hand that our hearts are touched and we respond with the grace and love that Jesus has shown to each one of us.