Fundraising for Rape Crisis

As a result of my personal experience, I've come to realise how atrociously underfunded services for rape and sexual assault survivors are in the UK.

Over the last year, prosecutions and convictions for rape numbered only 11.8% and 11.2%, respectively, and other sexual offences (12.5% and 14.7%). Yet 1 in 3 women will experience some form of sexual violence in her lifetime. For many, the social consequences of reporting sexual assault or rape lead to their isolation from friends and family. Rape Crisis provide badly needed support services for those living in aftermath of these horrific crimes.

I was attacked in April 2016, I was ostracised by many I used to call friends and it became very clear to those around me that I would need some form of counselling or therapy. I have yet to receive anything, because of oversubscription in the services provided by both Rape Crisis and the NHS. Survivors both deserve and need more support than this.

To try and help, I am selling my handknitted Christmas Baubles for £5 each (roughly the cost of two coffees ☕️) plus p&p. All proceeds will go to Rape Crisis England & Wales.

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You can purchase these in my shop: http://www.fenwench.com/my-blog/shop.html

Please let me know your colour/design preferences at the time of ordering, you can see the ones I have made over on my Instagram account. Otherwise I will select a bauble at random.

If you have a custom bauble request, please email orders@fenwench.com  

Alternatively, please consider making a donation to Rape Crisis via my JustGiving page.

Any donation or bauble purchase can help others to survive and overcome the barbarism of rape/sexual assault. 

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Pattern: Phone Sock

Confession time!

I am one of those people, who still cannot get on board with the idea of using my iPhone to listen to music/audiobooks/podcasts. Unfortunately, since I got my first iPhone back in 2008, the battery life still hasn't improved enough for me to be able to use it for these things unless I'm sat at my desk (i.e. next to a charger) all day.

Most of the time, if I want to listen to music on the go, I still reach for my trusty iPod Classic. Why wouldn't I? it has my entire music and audiobook library on it, I can listen to it without using data up (or needing a signal) and the battery life is awesome. Whilst listening to the Missing Richard Simmons podcast this weekend, I noticed that my iPod cover was pretty shabby.

So, after raiding my sock yarn scrap box, this is what I came up with....

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Ta Dah! Summer Stripes

Something strange has happened over the past few months: my sock knitting has taken an unexpected back seat. By this time last year, I'd made eight pairs. And this year? Until a couple of weeks ago, when my mojo came back with a frustrated vengeance, I was stuck on three. The two pairs below, as you have probably come to expect from me by now, are as stripy and as colourful as they come....

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Knit Happens #2

~ Sometimes in life 'Shit Happens' whether we like it or not. For me, crafting - particularly knitting and crochet - helps to keep me grounded and serves as a distraction from whatever is going on in other areas of my life and the world in general. Crafting is stimulating yet soothing act, and I love how the core simplicity of a project juxtaposes with endless possibilities in creating ~

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Top (Left to Right): Pixel Rise socks | Mum's Birthday Socks

Bottom (Left to Right): Building Blocks Shawl | Brioche Cowl

Happy Friday everyone! 

Goodness, this week has just flown by! It feels like I've barely had a moment to myself as work has been utterly manic. When I have found time to sit down and relax over the last few days, I mostly spent it trying to figure out Brioche knitting and ended up starting a Brioche Cowl as part of that (see above). It took me faaaaaaar longer than I thought it would. I've heard it said many times that it is harder than it looks at first and, boy, did that turn out to be true. I've cracked it now - as you can see in one of the pictures above - and it's much easier now I've got going but still requires a fair old bit of concentration.  I have Nancy Marchant's Knitting Brioche book to thank for helping me to eventually figure it out. I really recommend it for anyone thinking of trying brioche - trust me when I say it's better than anything you'll find online and worth the investment for the frustration it will save you! 

Whilst I was figuring out brioche, it would periodically annoy me to the point I'd put it down for a few hours and work on other more straightforward things. In the above picture, from top left: there's some Pixel Rise socks I started last week, my Mum's Birthday Socks that I should  have finished before her birthday back in February (huge fail there, but she's used to my second sock syndrome kicking in and late socks...), and the Building Blocks Shawl which was responsible for inspiring me go to off on a tangent and teach myself brioche in the first place. I'm hoping to focus on the shawl over the weekend and finish Part 2 of the pattern.

What have you been working on this week?

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