If you have been disturbed by the news of wildfires in Australia and are determined to help the affected wildlife, please read on for everything you need to know about crafting for this important cause…
After initially asking for donations of blankets and other knitted items, The Animal Rescue Craft Guild – UK Division announced on January 12th that they needed volunteers to temporarily pause starting any new items to enable a global stock take. This stock take will occur on January 26th, so all completed items will need to be sent to your local hubs for counting before this date.
The stock take will allow the ARC to work out if there are any specific items in short supply. The UK Division has reassured crafters that all of their makes will be used eventually, but it is obviously extremely important that they prioritise the needs of the animals. As soon as this information has been established, the ARCG – UK Division will provide an update and you will be able to find all of the relevant patterns on their Facebook page.
Alternatively, if you are an international maker, please visit the Animal Rescue Craft Guild Facebook Group. This page also offers all of the latest updates and has a collection of patterns for you to explore.
If you are determined to keep crafting in the lead up to January 26th, you may want to turn your efforts towards raising vital funds. Perhaps you could arrange a raffle or maybe you could sell your makes at a local craft fair. Courtesy of our LK designers, the following patterns will be available on the Let’s Knit website for the next month. During this time, our designers have given you permission to make and sell the projects listed below to raise funds for charities supporting the Australian Wildfire Crisis.
The Koala Comforter
Let’s Knit designer Jane Burns has granted special permission for you to knit this pattern and sell your projects to raise money for charities supporting animals caught up in the bushfires that are devastating Australia. This pattern is available for a limited time period of one month, so don’t miss out. It has been knitted in the round and features an adorable sleepy koala face.
The Koala Curtain Tie
Jane Burns has also granted special permission for you to make use of this adorable pattern. This charming tie back would make a great novelty addition to any home and is easy to knit in the round. As with The Koala Comforter, this pattern is available for a limited time of one month, so don’t miss out on your chance to make and sell in support of the animals affected by the Australian Wildfires.
The Kangaroo and Joey Set
Finally, LK Designer Val Pierce has also given special permission for you to knit her brilliant kangaroo and joey set and sell your finished projects to raise money for charities supporting Australian animals affected by the bushfire crisis. At 42cm tall our mummy kangaroo is perfect for playtime and the tiny joey is simply too cute to resist. Published on the Let’s Knit website for one month only, there has never been a better time to start crafting for a cause.