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Around the Web – November 2016

Our monthly round up of best bits from around the web…

Here at YAK, animal welfare is something we take very seriously, so that’s why we’d like to say few words about SPANA today. 

Founded in 1923 by Kate Hosali, the organisation SPANA aims to protect and improve the life of working animals in developing countries.  Horses, donkeys, mules and elephants have an essential role amongst many of the poorest communities in which they are used in place of vehicles, trucks and tractors. Those animals work long hours,  under difficult conditions and due to the precarious livelihood of their owners, rarely benefit from basic veterinary care when injured. To protect those animals as much as the families who rely on them, SPANA offers free vet care, trains local vets, develops access to good food supplies and helps animal owners to reach welfare standards. In this way working animals can live longer and healthier lives, while improving productivity and so creating an economic gain.  

©SPANA

©SPANA

If you want to support SPANA’s work, you can take part to the Big Knit For Vet Kit campaign. How does it work? Knit or crochet one of those cute soft toys and raise – or donate – money to help the organisation to improve the life of thousands of animals and people all around the world. 
The free Big Knit for Vet Kit fundraising pack contains three patterns of knitted animal, a sponsorship form, and donation envelope; so all you need to do is get your knitting gears ready and get started!

© Wovember/Daughter of the Shepherd

© Wovember/Daughter of the Shepherd

You are probably well aware of Rachel Atkinson as the name behind Daughter of the Shepherd, a label dedicated in producing yarn made of 100% British Wool only. For Wovember 2016 she answered to an Q&A session on fair labelling and its implication. 

Fancy breaking a world record? Join the Sixty Million Trebles project and create the biggest crochet blanket ever made. Each participant must crochet one square of 36 inch square, all the pieces will be then sewn together to create one giant blanket.  To break the world record the blanket must go over 60 millions treble stitches and  8,050 36 inch squares of surface. After the event squares will be taken apart and send to various charities across the country. 

© Katika

© Katika

We fell in love with the work of textile artist Katika recently. She creates incredible portraits and still life crochet pieces.  Her use of colours gives to her creations a painting-like quality and a truly unique style.

Until Next Time… Happy Knitting!