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Lily Cole + knitting + Innocent Smoothies


Lily (who everyone’s favourite model, right?) is promoting Innocent’s The Big Knit.

From the press release: “This year’s Big Knit takes place from 6-29th November.  Behatted smoothies can be found in shops across the land, and for every one we sell, 25p will go to Age UK.  There’s lots more info at”



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Made In Chelsea meets designer-makers

Dreamy Star Hoops 18ct gold plated silver

Dreamy Star Ring 18ct Gold Plated Silver

Made In Chelsea star, Rosie Fortescue, and designer-jeweller Laura Graves, have teamed up to create this collection, which launches on 11 November.




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Selfies in parliament.








It’s all well and good be prancing around with Instagram, but this was for a good cause – to find out more about Knit for Peace, Peace Oil and Good Gifts. Which I did. And they’ll all ace.

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Matt Fountain is bossing it. Help him.

Some words from the man himself. Shelter is an amazing charity and his campaign is brilliant.

Or see more about his campaign at

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Supermarket Sarah for Traid Remade Dalston

Supermarket Sarah for Traid Remade Dalston

Supermarket Sarah, the WONDERFUL lady whose “walls” of stuff pop up all over London and beyond has just collaborated with charity Traid (textile recycling for aid and international development) to put together their Dalston shop window. Doesn’t it look ace?

Traid remade window close up

Sarah in the window

Traid is a cracking charity that sell really good quality second hand clothes, and make the non-decent ones into new clothes – they’re the ultimate upcyclers.

Traid Remade leggings

Thanks to Sarah for these pics. I interviewed her in her Hackney home for Psychologies once. What a lovely day that was.

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Craft your response to government cuts

I care Scope soap

Send a letter to your MP? That’s not the way to get their attention these days. Scope are running a marvellous creative campaign to get the message out there. Here’s what they say:

“We are a nation of people who care about fairness and freedom.  And yet today, too many disabled people are being denied social care – help to do the basics like getting washed, dressed and out of the house. Essential support to live their lives. The Government has a choice. Now. Will they right this wrong by funding social care in the upcoming Spending Review, or will they make it even worse by denying more than 100,000 disabled people the lifeline of social care?  It depends if they see people care enough to speak out. We want to show them Britain cares! Our new creative actions are designed to show MPs just that – people do care about this issue. So much so that they have spent time over a creative action. We have guides for knitting a sock, stitching  ‘I Care’ onto a sock, adding ‘I Care ‘ to a bar of soap or simply making a home-made card. By sending something personal and homemade to MPs, we’re highlighting the issue of essential social care in a unique way. What better way to remind an MP how essential getting washed every morning is, than with a bar of soap?”

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Ooh this Fair Trade jewellery is most lovely


I’ll admit Fair Trade stuff might be A Good Thing, but it isn’t always beautiful.

Fortunately, Just Trade exists. One of my bestest friends bought me a piece from the site (one of her friends owns it), and I wear it ALL the time.

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A pillowcase can change a life. Really.


When it’s made into a pretty dress and sent to girls in the developing world, a pillowcase can lift a spirit, raise a smile and make a little girl very happy indeed. Sure, it’s not food or shelter or education, but it’s a little something. And even a little something is worth doing.

Learn more about the project, download the pattern and be part of something special at


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Tina Selby, we salute you

She’s just knitted her 1000th hat for soldiers in Afghanistan.  (via the BBC)

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London Design Festival: what’s the power of needlecraft?

Prisoner embroidering a cushion from jail

Next Thursday (20th September) I am chairing an event for a charity I have got a hell of a lot of time for: Fine Cell Work. As part of the London Design Festival I’ll discussing the power of needlecraft with Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective, an ex-prisoner called Neil who was taught by FCW to embroider while inside, and Rachel Tavernor, the director of a documentary called Stitched Stories that we’ll be watching before the debate.

Wanna come? Ace. There’s more details here.

Wanna read a little bit about Sarah’s involvement with the film? Then read her blog about it, here.

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