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Children in Distress Knitted Garden of Delights

Coo! every garden should have one

Readers will have already seen or heard of the "York Knitted Garden Project" in aid of CID but here is a little reminder. After hearing of the work of Children in Distress at a knitting group talk, given by Jane Russell CID’s Funding Development Manager, Clare Burborough of Castaway Yarns, Haxby near York wanted to raise funds on Children in Distress Day. Using contacts and building on her special talent for knitting, she sought the aid of avid knitters across Yorkshire to help her and between them; they created a fabulous "Knitted" Garden. Audrey Wilson, the Leeds Knitwear Designer started off the project by designing and donating two knitting patterns; one for an apple and another for tea roses, which were each sold for £1. Knitters rose to the challenge, for instance Haxby & Wigginton Cubs joined in and knitted mice, frogs and butterflies for the display. Many more knitters joined in and created a wonderful display including vegetables, fruits, flowers, a garden pond, Mother Duck and her three ducklings, Teddy Bears Picnic, a Dovecote complete with three doves, even a Leprechaun for good luck.

Just in time for the unveiling of the garden another parcel arrived at Castaway Yarns, which, when opened, revealed a Scarecrow family; Grandma & Grandpa, Mum & Dad and Twin Scarecrows with a note which said "We are the Scarecrow Family and would like to take our place in your Knitted Garden for Children in Distress". The only clue we have as to who sent the parcel is that they reside in the S7 area of Sheffield. What a lovely gift!

Over £190 was raised on the Garden Open Day and more is expected as pieces of the garden are sold off. The knitters of the York area are already planning their next extravaganza for Children in Distress; it is understood that this will be in time for Christmas...................we can hardly wait!

If you would like to help or wish to join our Handcrafter's Guild please telephone Jane Russell on 01751 432089

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