Loving Hands have new Winter Challenges – Lou, the founder, has made a miraculous recovery from her accident in the Summer and is back on board with the following challenges:

Here you go then – you have all been ever so patient waiting to hear about the new challenges – this challenge will run from now right through to New Year so it is definitely Winter Knitting :0)

While I was ill we had loads of emails and two of them gave me the inspiration for two of our challenges.

The first one came from Alice a student at Bristol University. She is a member of the Kenyan Orphans society charity group and is going over with a large group of fellow students to help out. She requested 300 teddies with their bags to take with them to give to the orphans as a way of ‘breaking the ice’ and helping the kids to trust them. I thought this was a lovely idea – we have 10 bears to start this challenge off already so just 290 bears and 300 bags to go!

The other email was from a church group who are helping a community in Zambia – they are looking for blankets of all sizes for an Aids Hospice, School and Orphanage – apparently there is a great shortage of bedding and the temperatures can drop so low at nights. It would be great to be able to send them 200 blankets to help out their charitable quest :0)

We have also decided to help out the Sailor’s Society again this year and are looking for 300 hats to send them to help the sailors keep warm – as we are now almost 300 in number this should be simple :0)

Specially for our stitchers we have a challenge just for you – we are looking for 100 pairs of pyjamas or nightdresses for Linda McDonald’s orphans – I believe Suzanne will still have some of the packs of fabric and patterns available for this challenge as we didn’t get any made last time round. Thought you would like a special challenge for yourselves this time. Obviously we will still need the teddy bags as well if you want something quick and easy to do :0)

Needless to say if none of these challenges appeal we still need all our usual things so feel free to continue with warm clothing for all ages for Blythswood or Linda McDonald or if you like fiddly things then toys for the orphanages or knitted boobs might fit the bill.

Hope you are happy with these challenges – keep up the great work team – you are all stars :0)

If you’d like to join the group – either as a knitter, crocheter or a stitcher – drop by to the website http://www.lovinghands.org.uk and send Lou your details. There’s a lively forum of other members to keep you motivated too.