Help Keep Hackney Warm this Winter

Last June the WWKIPday treasure hunt got the East London Yarn Triangle off to a cracking start, but now the Hackney wool shop-keepers have decided it’s time to see if the Triangle can be good for something altogether bigger and woollier.

This time it’s all about warmth

Dirty sleeping bags curled up on cardboard mats under railway bridges and in shop doorways, fear of abuse and always the cold: rough sleeping is a tough and unkind existence affecting increasing numbers of homeless people in Hackney.

It’s a problem that we think has a special resonance with us as knitters. We are after all in the business of warmth. We create warmth with our stitches in all sorts of ways, and so we’re thinking it’s time to look at how we can share the warmth with our neighbours on the streets.

The East London Yarn Triangle is four-and-a-bit miles, or 466 scarves long. Our aim is to spread the word amongst enough knitters so that we can make those scarves real this winter and share some warmth with rough sleepers to help in their nightly battle against the cold.

Are you in? Here’s the plan..

Scarves can be knitted from any yarn with whatever stitch pattern you like best – garter, rib or stocking stitch. We recommend casting on for a width of about 25 cm and knitting a 150 cm length. If you want help in calculating how many stitches to cast on with your wool, pop into any of our shops and we’ll work it out for you. Each of our shops will also be acting as a yarn exchange – where knitters with a surfiet of yarn can drop it off, and knitters in need of some more can come and pick it up.
Once you’ve knitted your scarf, drop it off at anyone of the shops and we’ll make sure it gets passed on to a rough sleeper.
The Wrap-Up the Streets Project is an initiative of the East London Yarn Triangle.
The project will launch with a public knit-in at the Hackney Picture House on 9 October 2016.
If you would like more information about the event please contact:
May Linn Bang 020 79983282, Barley Massey 020 72758043, Anna Feldman 020 89855231

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