Knitting With Care

Wellgreen Lodge at The Childrens Adventure Farm
Wellgreen Lodge at The Childrens Adventure Farm

Last year's knitting challenge completed by Wellgreen Trafford Housing Trust was The 'Community Quilt'.  It quite literally took on a life of it’s own with local schools and community donating their work and helping the quilt to grow to an amazing 29.5 feet long and 14.5 feet wide when it was completed, a phenomenal achievement.

Elizabeth Swindells is the Scheme Manager at Wellgreen Lodge and her team raised £200 by raffling the quilt to raise money for Age UK Trafford.  The winner kindly offered the quilt back to Wellgreen to donate as they saw fit.  The quilt now lives at 'The Children's Adventure Farm' where it will be used for their Teddy Bears' Picnics in the summer.

Lucy Gill, Community Support Representative for Home Instead Senior Care (Altrincham & Sale) has known Elizabeth for nearly 2 years now and has always been given a warm welcome to present topical talks at Wellgreen's popular coffee mornings or by asking for their generosity to raise funds for the Trafford Carers Centre.  Lucy Gill, Director Home Instead Senior Care Altrincham commented,

 ”Wellgreen residents have a great community spirit, it would be fantastic to help them achieve their next challenge in 2012"

 Elizabeth and her team have started this year’s knitting challenge to create 200 teddy bears. They are now called “Wellgreen Woolly Wonders” and this year all the proceeds of their sale will again go to 'The Children's Adventure Farm' where they are aiming to raise at least £1,000 by December of this year.

Could you help make a “Wellgreen Woolly Wonder”?

Elizabeth’s instructions follow below and she would love you to personalise your bear by either adapting the pattern and knitting on clothes or by adding clothes after you have finished, each bear will be given a silver heart to hold in his/her hand.

Deliver your bear to:

Elizabeth Swindells, Scheme Manager, Wellgreen Lodge, Wellfield Lane, Hale, WA15 8NW

together with your name and any message and if possible a picture of you and your bear.  This will go into an album that will be presented to 'The Children's Adventure Farm' this coming December.

knitting instructions on how to make a Wellgreen Woolly Wonder…

Double knitting wool and a Pair of knitting needles 9 or 10 or 11

Cast on ten stitches

Knit 40 rows

Break of wool push stitches to the back of your needle

Cast on ten stitches

Knit 40 rows

Stitch 20 stitches across both legs

Knit 39 rows

Change to stocking stitch and knit 5 ½ inches (14 cms)

Knit 39 rows

Cast of 10 stitches

Knit 40 rows cast off

Cast on 10 stitches

Knit 40 rows

Cast off and attach to body

Fold in half and stitch both sides of the head

For arms

Pick up 8 stitches either side of the neck join which will give you 16 stitches

Knit 30 rows

Cast off

Repeat for other arm

Stitch across top corners of head for the ears

Stitch rest of bear together leaving space at the crotch for the stuffing

Stuff using polyester or toy stuffing making sure its quite firm

Stitch up crotch

Run a thread through the last row/first row of knitting and draw up to create a neck

Embroider smiley face – Happy Knitting!

Wellgreen Wooley Wonders
Wellgreen Wooley Wonders

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home