Stitches for Bitches# Charity knitting in Oxford

Today I feel like sharing a charity event that took place last Saturday at the Big Society Pub, Oxford. It was a knit-in to collect money for the Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary. While some little things, like accessories (for dogs and for the owners) and snacks were sold during the day, a party of merry knitters knitted away to make 6″ squares and  sewed them together into cosy blankets for the animals of the sanctuary.

Now you might think that knitting motley blankets for puppies sounds a litttle like  grannies knitting booties for their poodles (because I would not knit a blanket for my dog). But you should remember that the animals from  refuges usually arrived there in a pitiful state. They  often suffer from stress, fear, hypothermia, sometimes mange or physical injuries, so comfy bedding is a minimum – when there is no blanket, dogs sleep on old newspapers, that is why the sanctuary people actually asked that the Drunken Knit Wits would make blankets for them.

 

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I guess I should show you my two masterpieces for the cause: a terrific beige  garter stitch square a stockinette stitch one with two different yarns. Nine blankets were made this day, only short of a few squares from a tenth one and 80£ were raised.

 

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I am sharing this kind of event here because I tend to think that these spontaneous charity projects are way more common in the UK (or in the USA, in Canda…) than in France, while they would be quite easy to organise in my country too-all it takes is a nice café/bar, a money-box and a crew of nice knitters. So who knows, it might inspire other people, although I realize that these events are slowly developing in France too.

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