The Big Woolly Weekend 10 & 11 June 2017
What is the Big Woolly Weekend?
On Saturday 10 June is World Wide Knitting in Public Day (KIP) and Sunday 11 June is Yarn Bombing Day, so we have decided to call it The Big Woolly Weekend. Bergere de France is working in partnership with Knit Now and Crochet Now on an exciting, fun project. Our aim is to increase the number of customers to your shops and encourage new crafters
The weekend event is an opportunity to learn to knit or crochet or to share your ideas and passion for all things woolly by taking part in a competition
By taking part in this event, you can also help Knit for Peace UK,www.knitforpeace.org.uk which is an initiative of the Charities Advisory Trust. It grew out of projects developed in Rwanda and India, which brought together women of traditionally hostile communities (Hutu and Tutsi war widows in Rwanda and Muslim and Hindu women in the slums of Delhi) to knit clothes for street children and orphans
We will also be working with The Jo Cox Foundation, who will be organising street parties the weekend after The Big Woolly Weekend, and would love to accept donations of knitted bunting www.jocoxfoundation.org
What is World Wide Knit in Public Day (KIP)?
World Wide Knit in Public Day is the largest Knitter run event in the world. It started in 2005 and is now celebrated in 57 different countries (2016).
The mission is: “Better Living through stitching together”!
Each local event is put together by a volunteer (host) or group of volunteers. It doesn’t just mean knitting, it is an event for all fibre lovers
How do I join?
- As a Local Yarn Shop:
Email: Colin and Fiona at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest and ensure you receive free yarn for your projects (you do not need to be a Bergere stockist). You will be listed on our website as a participating store for other local fibre lovers to see. Take the opportunity to encourage new people into the craft by inviting groups to join you.
- As a group:
Go to www.bergeredefrance.co.uk/bigwoollyweekend and find out where your local store is to pop in and pick up your free yarn. Visit regularly as this page will be kept updated with new participating stores. If there is not a store near you who is participating, go and visit them and ask them to get involved
- As a Guest knitter or crocheter:
Find a local KIP near you here: www.bergeredefrance.co.uk/bigwoollyweekend - new KIPs will be added each day, so keep looking
View THE BIG WOOLLY WEEKEND in a full screen map
Be adventurous and start a group yourself, register and contact a participating store to obtain your free yarn
How do I take part in the competition?
The aim of the weekend is to knit as many squares (not triangles, as squares are easier to sew up into blankets) as possible to create the bunting with the most squares as you can in your area! (at least 20cm square) So gather as many people to help out as possible and start knitting as soon as possible!
You could also be creative and yarn bomb your local area on the Big Woolly Weekend, the theme is local with a French twist! May be a French beret, onions, flag …….. Use the bunting in your yarn bombing too
How do I host a KIP?
- Find a place in your town where it would be nice to sit and knit/crochet/work for the day
- Decide what you are going to do. Give out the bunting patterns and free yarn, be creative – have fun
- Be sure the place is available, you may have to ask your local council for permission. If it’s in a café do ask permission from the owner
- If you are a group, contact your local participating yarn store (see the list here: www.bergeredefrance.co.uk/bigwoollyweekend) for some free yarn to help with your project, they may give you some other freebies and advice too
- If you are a Local Yarn Store contact local knitting groups to see if they would like to join you
- Contact other groups, organisations and clubs (schools, colleges, toddler groups, Scouts, Brownies ....) to stimulate as much interest as possible and encourage new yarn lovers
- Advertise in your local press, flyers, social media, raise awareness of your event
What happens to the bunting after the event?
- The Jo Cox Foundation is organising street parties for the weekend after The Big Woolly Weekend, they would love to accept donations of knitted bunting. Check the website to see if there is a party going on near you www.jocoxfoundation.org to offer them your bunting. Ask the street party organiser if they will give the bunting to your local participating yarn store after the party
- The knitted bunting can also be taken to a participating yarn store, who will then be able to send them on to Knit For Peace UK. The charity will use these squares to create blankets.
- It is the responsibility of the group who created the knitted bunting to ensure each piece is clean. If they have been used in a yarn bombing event they should be washed before donating to the local yarn shop
How do I win?
Knit as many squares as possible to create the longest bunting you can. There are two grand prizes for a weekend trip to France for two. There will also be yarn bundles, magazines subscriptions and more to win leading up to, and over, the weekend.
Register your participation online at www.bergeredefrance.co.uk/bigwoollyweekend to be entered into the prize draw. Knit more squares for your chance to win
- The two Grand Prizes are a weekend for 2 in Bar le Duc, travel by train and accommodation included for 2 days, you could also take in a visit to the Bar le Duc Festival
- Various other prizes provided by Bergere de France
- Subscriptions for Crochet Now and Knit Now
Don't forget The Big Woolly Weekend will raise awareness of your town, your local yarn shops and encourage new crafters World Wide Knit in Public Day is open to any shop and knitting group, so spread the word if you know a group who will be interested! The more groups that become involved through your stores will benefit everyone and of course the charity supporting those in need