It's been so long since we blogged, I can hardly believe it. To offer a brief explanation, running I Knit takes a lot of time and effort and it's difficult, sometimes, to keep up with all the the blogs tweets, ravelry, updates, newsletters, organising events, managing events, stocking the shop, selling in the shop... we love it, though, and we wouldn't change any part of it - except maybe the blogging part, we should not have stopped.
Anyway, we got out of the habit of blogging and it's been a little difficult getting back into it. However, here we are, blogging! Hurray.
Last Saturday we had a fantastic afternoon tea party. We love the tea parties. They are full of friendly faces, knitting, tea and cake. The regular tea parties happen for a number of reasons -book launches, celebrations and, as in the case of last Saturday, to raise money for charity.
IKL were very saddened by the earthquake in Haiti. We donated a bit of money to the relief fund and later thought we could do a little more by organising a tea party to raise more money.
We asked people, as usual, to bake a cake to bring along to the party. The cakes are then shared among the people who come along and each person pays a little for the tea and cake they consume.
This party was over-run by cake. So many people baked cakes. Cakes in all shapes and sizes. There were flapjacks, fruit cake, rum and chocolate drop cake, chocolate and beetroot cake, cup cakes, brownies, biscuits...I could go on.
After a few hours of eating cakes and a little bit on knitting, after the word searches, pass the parcel, guess the name of the teddy and the marvellous raffle we managed to raise the incredible sum of £650.
Thank you so much to everyone who took part. We had a brilliant time and I am so proud to have been part of this event.
It's important to remember that the people of Haiti are living an unbearable nightmare since the eathquake and we hope that the money we raised will help towards making life a little easier. We donated the full amount to MSF. You can donate if you follow the link, now.
You can see more photographs here.