To celebrate the birth of Prince George, Rural Women New Zealand has joined Creative Fibre in a charity knit of wool baby singlets. This project is organised by Creative Fibre New Zealand and is officially sanctioned by St James’ Palace and our Prime Minister’s office.
By becoming a part of this project, the singlets are to be gifted in the name of the Royal couple to New Zealand babies through local maternity hospitals, neo-natal units and midwives. The project will continue through to April 2014.
We have three knitting patterns to download here if you’re looking for one. There is even one from our own Olive Millar (pictured above) of Rerewhakaaiti branch. Olive has been using the pattern for over 30 years to knit singlets for all the newborn babies in the area. This pattern also happens to be the WDFF pattern used since 1987!
Singlets should be in wool only, as an acknowledgement of Prince Charles as the Patron for the Campaign for Wool. Creative Fibre has provided us with labels that endorse the singlets as part of the official project. Please contact Kiera Jacobson for these. There are also Rural Women labels available. We recommend using both on the singlet. You can download the Rural Women labels, or contact Kiera.
From 1 September to 30 November, Rural Women New Zealand members are able to apply for funding for the baby singlet wool yarn, kindly given to us by Campaign for Wool. To apply, please download and fill in the application. Campaign for Wool has provided us with a list of their recommended partners who supply high quality baby merino yarn:
If you decide to take part in this challenge, please let Rural Women national office know how many singlets you knit and where they are donated in your community. We hope you take part in this great opportunity!
For more information on Creative Fibre, visit them online.
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