Friday, April 30, 2010

Age & Opportunity and Oxfam Ireland invite you to be ‘In Stitches’!

Knitting is a huge part of our craft tradition. Now, knitting seems to be enjoying a renaissance, with hundreds of knitters taking up the needles again, knitting circles forming and people passing on the craft to family and friends. If you knit, either on your own or as part of a group, you can be part of a global project that will make a real difference.

Knit a scarf, hat or blanket and drop it into your local Oxfam shop. You can individualise your item using a special gift tag with your name on it. Each item sold will help Oxfam’s work in fighting poverty, suffering and injustice around the world. Need some inspiration? Bealtaine is commissioning a special scarf pattern for Bealtaine knitters designed by Eithne and Bairbre Guilfoyle. 

You can download the two patterns from here: the 'Wind and Wave' scarf pattern or the 'Spring' scarf pattern. You could also choose a pattern from the Oxfam range. The pattern is only a proposal. We would be delighted if you could create a scarf using your own creativity, one of your own designs! You could get some inspiration from the colours of the Bealtaine Festival logo or our signature image by Camille Souter.

The sale of your knitted scarf for €15 could buy an innovative clay cooking stove that uses less wood than conventional cooking methods, meaning that women living in high-risk places - like Darfur - spend less time searching in remote areas for firewood where they are vulnerable to attack.


For more details about ‘In Stitches’, contact 

Sheila Powers at Oxfam Ireland 
T:087 288 6894 

Sabine at Age & Opportunity 
T: 01 805 7709 

You can download the In Stitches Gift Tag and patterns from here


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