Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives.

They support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.

Between 2011 and 2015, Arts Council England will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

To find out more visit the Arts Council England website

UK Hand Knitting Association

The UK Hand Knitting Association, (UKHKA) is the Knitty-pedia of all things hand knitting and crochet.

Formerly The British Hand Knitting Confederation, it formed in 1991 when the Hand Knitting Association (HKA) merged with the British HandUK Hand Knitting Association Logo Knitting Association (BHKA).

The BHKC’s main aim was to raise the profile of hand knitting. It did this through ‘Learn to Knit’ classes held throughout the UK, ‘Relax and Knit’ stands at all the main Knitting and Sewing shows and by the introduction of National Competitions showcased at the Knitting and Sewing shows.

Knitting is now back in high fashion and there are knitting groups mushrooming all over the country, knitting shops are opening back on the High Streets and on the Internet and exciting new yarns are being introduced by the season.

The UK Hand Knitting Association website is an absolute cornucopia of information:

  • Courses
  • Shows
  • Knitting community
  • Knitting as therapy
  • Free patterns and advice
  • Find a shop or craft club in your area.

To find out more visit the UK Hand Knitting Association website.

The Campaign for Wool

The Campaign for Wool is a global community of sheep farmers, retailers, designers, manufacturers and you, the wool lover!  United by their patron His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

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The Campaign for Wool aims to educate as many people as possible about the incredible benefits and versatility of wool in fashion, furnishings and everyday life.

This in turn, supports many small businesses and local farmers whose livelihoods depend on the wool industry.

Every year The Campaign for Wool holds ‘Wool Week’ a week long celebration packed with woolly stunts, events, artisan workshops and gorgeous wool fashion.  Check out their global calendar to see where Wool Week travels to next!

To find out more visit The Campaign for Wool website.