Crafty cat lovers are being invited to take part in Cats Protection's 2020 knitting bee, creating toy mice and blankets for moggies in need. The UK's largest cat charity will be launching its annual appeal at the Stitch Festival, taking place from 27th February – 1st March at London's Business Design Centre.
Knitters can follow a suggested pattern or come up with their own designs, creating snuggly items for cats being care for by the charity. The initiative offers a fantastic way to use up scraps of wool and while away long winter evenings.
"Every year, we're so grateful for all the items donated to our knitting bee, which bring so much fun and comfort to the cats in our care," says Emma Osborne, Cats Protection's events manager. "We're hoping 2020 will be our best year ever so we can make sure more cats get their very own blanket and toy mouse. We're always so impressed by the fantastic designs, colours and patterns that knitters choose, and we can't wait to see what comes in this year. You don't have to be an expert knitter to take part – any item made with love will be gratefully received."
Donations can be brought along to the charity's stand at The Stitch Festival, or dropped into any of its branches, shops and adoption centres across the UK. A pattern designed by Lauren O'Farrell will also be available to pick up at the show. Find out more at www.cats.org.uk