When? Saturday the 9th of December from 12 pm – 5 pm
Where? The Queen of Purls, 91 Saltmarket, Glasgow, G1 5LE
What for? We’re raising money for The Big Issue in Glasgow and taking donations of knitted hats, gloves and scarves to hand out to vendors to keep them warm and working throughout the winter.
Warm & Working has become an annual event at The Queen of Purls and one that everyone looks forward to each year. It initially started when Tipsy Knits (amazing podcast, btw!) co founder, Cia Kate, came into the shop asking if we could host an event for The Big Knitathon. I’m 99% certain it was Cia who coined the phrase “Warm and Working” and I have 100% adopted it to advertise the event throughout the years! It’s a great phrase and I don’t think you could sum up what it’s all about in three words any better, so thank you Cia for allowing me to adopt your intellectual property!A Photo from the very first Warm & Working event
In the run up to the event we are asking anyone who could spare some time and some of their stash to knit hats, scarves and gloves for The Big Issue vendors. Over that last 3 years we have received so many generous donations from you. These all get taken a few meters down the road to The Big Issue office where the staff and volunteers wrap them up then hand them out to the vendors as a Christmas gift. The money that we raise during the event goes towards buying any wee extras that there might no be enough of. last year we raised £130 and this went towards buying gloves.Just some of the donations of hats, scarves and gloves from last year
Warm & Working is about supporting our community in more way than one, so each year we have have a handful of local businesses vending at the show. This makes it a great opportunity to touch base with vendors and buy from them to support local over the festive period and to hopefully put a dent in your Christmas shopping list! This year we have Ginger Twist Studio, Rusty Ferret, Stitchbirdie and Woollenflower joining us and the regular QoP stock will be at hand too!A packed QoP at last year’s event
Every year we have snacks and mulled drinks on hand and a great raffle with prizes donated by our vendors. If you’d like to try your luck at the raffle or enjoy a drink and a snack we ask for a small donation of £1 for each of these items that goes to The Big Issue. The Mulled Apple juice with a mince pie on the side is always a big hit!Mulled apple juice being prepared
We hope you can make it along this year to join in the fun! If you’re knitting any items to donate and would like to share them on social media, please feel free to use #warmandworking when posting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We’d also appreciate any blog shares with anyone you think might be interested in donating or coming to the event!
P.S Don’t forget your knitting!