212 knitters gather in Singapore to break a record
Following news of a new knitting record from Singapore, Elizabeth Bagwell admits that she clearly didn’t look hard enough for yarn when she was there!
A recent article in the Straits Times has confirmed that it’s my fault I didn’t find any knitting in Singapore. The paper reports that 212 knitters gathered in Singapore to knit for charity, breaking a local record for the most knitters knitting at one time.
If you’re wondering what I’m on about, a couple of months ago, I was travelling around South East Asia, including a stop in Singapore. As I reported on this blog, I didn’t find much yarn or any knitters. Several people with rather more experience of the area politely told me I hadn’t looked hard enough. They were clearly completely right!
The knitters were volunteers from the Knit of Love project, which knits hats for chemotherapy patients. Knit of Love is a Singapore Cancer Society project, and you can find out more on the SCS website including contact details. The group raise funds to cover materials and to support the work of the SCS.
The Straits Times article is clearly aimed at the general public rather than knitters, as it doesn’t answer a question I always ask: would they like more hats? It seems to be a local programme, which also to teaches people to knit and uses fairly strict guidelines for patterns and yarns, so make sure you get in touch before you start knitting!
Knitting hats for chemotherapy patients is a very helpful and thoughtful way to show that you care when someone is suffering from cancer. Remember to use yarn that won’t irritate the skin such as cotton, bamboo or a yarn with super softness.
We love this Paravel Hat from Megan Goodacre, one of our independent designers. The 4ply weight makes it a hat for all weathers – knit it in Rowan Wool Cotton 4ply, or Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal which has added cashmere for super softness. Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino is another fabulous choice, in a huge range of colours. For a variegated shade, try Louisa Harding Amitola, in 21 stunning colourways with added silk.
Last updated: December 8th, 2014.