CH 90: Heartfelt and Summertide

Helen —  September 4, 2015 — 3 Comments

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Today’s show is sponsored by The Fibre Co, and their wonderfully soft and gorgeous Acadia yarn. If you want to see how wonderfully this knits up, take a look at the two tone sample of my pattern Whispering Island!

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I talk about an article in the Independent – 5 practical ways you can help refugees trying to find safety in Europe

Also the Childhood Bags fundraising effort.

What’s in the WIP?

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Hold on to summer with 8 weeks of knitting, camaraderie and mystery!

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Curious Handmade Wardrobe Challenge 


September 5th is the Great London Yarn Crawl! There will be a special pop up marketplace, and there’s going to be an Indie Designer Spotlight stand. Several up and coming designers will be rotating through, and I’m lucky enough to be among them.

I’ll be there from 4pm to 5pm at the Chelsea Old Town Hall.

Stop by! It’s going to be a really fun event.

Thanks again for listening! Happy knitting ….until next week.

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3 responses to CH 90: Heartfelt and Summertide

  1. My heart is so heavy today for the same reasons. I feel like countries like mine and yours with some wealth and stability are failing these families, these children, who are clearly in such need for a safe place to stay that they risk (and too often, lose) their lives for a shot at starting over. I’m still trying to figure out the best action to take. Donating is easy enough, as long as we have a few dollars to spare and we find organizations we trust. Tossing money at a crisis feels like such a small act, but I’m not sure what else to do. In the US, we’re also coming up on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation it brought upon our own citizens down south, so I’ve done a lot of thinking recently about how some lives matter more than others. It’s a hard reality, but we need to face it and deal with it or this tragic inequality will just continue.
    Thank you for your honesty today.

  2. Dear Helen
    You are doing a tremendous thing , so brave, by bringing up the conversation on your public forum, it’s a very difficult subject, genocide….so unpleasant, really, you can’t talk about it just anywhere …there may be some who don’t want to hear about it at all….When I was in about 10th grade I discovered the word “Holocaust” and what it entailed….I was horrified, I went home and asked my mother if this was a real thing, if it was true and this really happened, and why? I was astonished, it was really a milestone in my leaving behind my naiveté, my childhood….This was only 25 years after Auschwitz…my point is the horrors of the world continue, we can’t end it, we can be proactive, be kind, spread love and do good works, donate , it does help….and bring up the conversation, not ignore it…Bless you dear Helen, you bring so much joy and positive energy, do what you can and then care for your children….you will find a way to endure the burden of knowledge that these are again tragic times…Thank you, always…Janis.

  3. Thank you for another excellent podcast. It is indeed difficult to know what we can do to help. The UK charity Knit for Peace sends knitted items to those in need in the UK and overseas. They have recently put out an appeal for warm clothing for Syrian refugees and, just as important, are raising money to help transport knitted items. I have knitted for them from time to time and know that they really appreciate everything that is donated. Their website is and they are also on Twitter.

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