Stitch, bitch and help out African babies.
Over 1,500 knitted items are now bound from Britain’s Oldest Recorded over to Malawi, via the lovely ladies of the Colchester based Stitch and Bitch.
Plans for the first Fish and Chip Babies project were first sewn back in August. The name comes from the nature in which many African babies are wrapped in old newspapers as a means to keep warm.
The aim was to build upon the Sunny Colch Stitch and Bitch social achievements, and create something that had a very real purpose.
Alex Davies of Stitch and Bitch said:
“It’s been fantastic how quickly the community began to knit and donate. I would received a bag a week, then a bag a day in December.”
The total count of 1,500+ loving created Made in Colchester items covers 26 blankets, 4 sets of booties, 783 hats, 691 jumpers and 35 sets of mittens.
Amy Turnball of Stitch and Bitch added:
“We never believed we’d receive so many. For now we no longer taking submissions for Fish and Chip babies, and are now encouraging knitters to help make blankets for Battersea Dogs home. We may start to project again later in the year.”
There’s some beautiful Sunny Colch synergy [URGH] as well with the final destination for the Fish and Chip Babies project. The knitted items will be shipped out to the Salvation Army point in Malawi via Re-Cycle, the Colchester based bicycle aid for Africa charity.
Manager Derek said:
“The knits will be dropped off at our bicycle workshop, allowing the locals to pick up the jumpers and hats for the babies.”
Colchester Stitch and Bitch meet every month @15QueenStreet. The theme for the February Stitch and Bitch is Bizarre Bras.