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  • Keep Calm, Carry Yarn and Help Clean Up London

    Posted by Deadly Knitshade on August 9, 2011

    There really is nothing anyone can say that can make the madness of the last few nights make sense. We woke up in a disillusioned and beaten-up London today.

    But rather than lock our doors Londoners are grabbing their brooms, pulling on their gardening gloves and getting out there to help the Riot Wombles clean up the capital. Hooray for Londoners!

    Here are a few ways you can help:

    Riot Clean Up has a list of locations where clean ups are happening

    @riotcleanup on Twitter is out there with the clean up teams and is tweeting away

    Post riot clean-up: let’s help London are doing a bang up job of keeping helping opportunities up to date on Facebook

    Over in Tottenham they’re asking for clothing, bedding, toys and other suitable items for families made homeless. Drop off at the Homes for Haringey office: Apex House, 820 Seven Sisters Road N15.

    In reply to all the footage being blasted at us from the news of burning buildings and a city gone mad, there’s this:

    And lastly Norwegian knitter Kaja Marie Lereng Kvernbakken, who recently made the OsLove knitted heart pattern to show love and support after the sad events in Norway, has updated the pattern with two new hearts for London, the Lovedon Hearts Knitting Pattern.

    Kaja Marie says “My hope is that you will use this pattern, tweak it as you wish, and make hearts, loads of them: To remember what happened in Oslo and on Utøya or anywhere else where a little bit of love is needed. Pin it close to your heart, give to a friend or a stranger, let it out in the wild, as my graffiti knitting friend Deadly Knitshade would do, so that the heart can find whoever needs it. Knit it in any colour, with or without words, knit them and share them.”

    Once the clean up is over and the knitting starts again I hope to see these little Lovedon hearts spreading the love.

    If you have any tips on how to help London then please post them in the comments for others to see.

    Keep calm, carry yarn and let’s get on with sorting out our city.

    xxx

    7 Responses to “Keep Calm, Carry Yarn and Help Clean Up London”

    1. Here in the States our hearts are with you all.

    2. Laureen said

      You know my heart is with you and all others affected! Will do what I can from here. Spreading the word as well I can.

      Hugs to you!

      Laureen

      • Thanks, Laureen. London is recovering well. It’s sunny and people are out in the sunshine at the moment. Not sure how we’ll fare after dark but we’ll keep calm and carry yarn.

        xx

    3. Kaja Marie said

      It’s amazing to see how people are answering to all the hate and violence. Both in London and in Oslo. I don’t want the violence to scare me into leaving a hateful life, and I’m so glad there are so many other people thinking and actiong on the same notions, when it would be so easy to just give up.

    4. [...] this morning I came across one such post on the Stitch London Blog. Writer Deadly Knitshade (the moniker does make me smile) crafts a vignette of “get up and [...]

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