Hello UK friends.
I am wondering if there would be any interest in a get together in the East Midlands (Leicestershire) this August for a knitting and crochet birthday party - a chance to make squares together, maybe even a birthday square or in a birthday colour, and have a bring and share lunch and lots of tea, coffee and maybe even cake! I am thinking something like 11am to 3pm to allow for people travelling - but we could do 10:30 to 3:30 just as easily.
Rather than using my own home which has a limited capacity, I have found a lovely hall we could hire and a friend who lives in the village would hire it for us so we could get a cheaper rate per hour. It has facilities for making lots of tea and coffee, an oven, a fridge, a dishwasher, plenty of mugs, cutlery, plates and bowls..... There are loads of tables and chairs and a separate section where we can eat so we don't have to eat off our knees (or our work).
I would initially propose we all paid in £5 for the hire of the hall and that anything over the hire costs be used for posting what we make that day, and anything above that to go to KAS in South Africa. If there are a lot of people who can come then we can reduce the costs and still meet the costs of the hall and the postage and have a donation to send if you wish. The hall could easily hold 30 people if we get that much interest!!
It would need people to drive to get there as it is not in a town, which I appreciate may be a problem for some of us. I am hoping that people can share lifts to help out with that.
I would need to know there was some interest in this if I am to go ahead. I really don't want to pay out for the hall and find no-one is interested in coming - or pick August and find no-one can come that month. Can you please:
Ideally I would like some idea of numbers interested by the end of February so I can get the hall booked.
That's a lovely idea Rebecca. Sadly too far for me to come from the Wales/Shropshire border but here's hoping you get some support for what will be a lovely day.
Thanks for your kind words........ and maybe you could have a little get together over near you as well - I am sure there are plenty of other knitters and crocheters by you even if they don't yet know about KAS!
I’m up for that. End of August or sometime in July would suit me best. I really enjoyed the meet up in York a couple of years ago (despite my broken arm!). I really hope we get plenty of people.
It was a lovely time - and I am sure we can get enough to cover the rent of the hall........ I am sure that some of my local knitting friends (some of whom already come to my various local KAS inspired events) will be able to come along and help us get up to above a dozen, which is what we would need. The hall can hold plenty of folks and it would be great to celebrate the 10th birthday of KAS!
Of course, it is all the more special when we can meet up with people who we mostly, or only, know from online - the icing on the cake as they say!
Unfortunately, like Pam, I am too far away to join you but I do hope others can make it and you have a fun day.
I hope that there will be some who live close enough to visit for the day, Thanks for letting me know, Elaine. Maybe you could organise a get together with some of your own local knitting friends?
What a great idea, Rebecca. I wish you much success. Thanks.
Thanks - it is early days yet, but I am hoping we can get at least a dozen of us!