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News - January 2010

The Big Knit from the Big Issue in the North - a great success!

Nexus Art Cafe, Manchester - Sunday 24th January 2010

The Big Knit event was organised by Big Issue in the North and hosted by the Nexus Art Cafe in Manchester. The aim of the day was to knit hats, gloves and scarves for Big Issue vendors. Around 70 knitters sat and chatted, knitted (or learned to knit), ate cakes, drank coffee and generally had a great time. Lots of knitting later and there was a lovely line of finished items ready to be given to vendors.

Debbie had donated use of her Knit Mitt pattern to the event and was on hand helping to teach the uninitiated how to knit. Her greatest success came with some girls who'd only called into the cafe to ask about tickets for a concert. Once they'd been encouraged to pick up a pair of needles they were hooked and ended up spending all afternoon learning to knit and producing a good couple of inches of scarf each.

Thank you to the Nexus Cafe and to Dante and his team at the Big Issue for organising such a great event.

If you have some spare time, Big Issue in the North are always happy to receive warm items for their vendors, many of whom are homeless and all of whom sell the Big Issue on our high streets in all weathers. If you need yarn or knitting needles, just get in touch with them and they'll be happy to send out a parcel so you can get knitting. Iif you have yarn or needles to donate, these are always needed and can be dropped off at the Big Issue offices in Manchester. Click here to visit the Big Issue in the North website

The Nexus Art cafe runs a knitting group on Sunday afternoons as well as various craft groups and lots of other exciting events. Click here for more details on the Nexus Art Cafe

The Big Issue in the North logo Nexus Art Cafe logo

Debbie Tomkies from DT Craft & Design with Dante and Rachel from The Big Issue in the North at the Big Knit

Debbie with Dante and Rachel from The Big Issue in the North

Some girls only called in for tickets to a concert but were soon hooked on knitting!

These girls only called in for tickets to a concert but were soon hooked!

Knitters knitting at the Big Knit from the Big Issue in the North

 

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