The Covid-19 pandemic has brought many changes for the Company. We have changed our Ordinances to allow Court meetings to be held virtually (via Zoom, or similar) but it was not possible to hold our usual Installation Court in April. As a consequence the Court has agreed that Ian Grundy will serve a further year as Master until April 2021. Although Ian is remaining in office as Master, Julian Ellis has now been installed virtually as Upper Warden for the current year, with Elizabeth Fox as Under Warden. Subject to formal confirmation by the Court nearer to the time, Julian will be installed as Master in April 2021 with last year’s Upper Warden, Tony Jarvis taking over as Master in April 2022 and this year’s Under Warden, Elizabeth Fox following him as Master from April 2023.
The Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants send their best wishes to all members of the Company, hoping that you stay safe and well during these unprecedented times.
KNIT FOR THE COMMUNITY
We have been encouraging all our members and friends, especially seasoned knitters, to support an initiative to knit woollen squares, which can then be put together to make blankets for charities. Past Master Liz Green was interviewed about the campaign on the BBC East Midlands Today programme and her interview can be seen here. More recently East Midlands Today broadcast a follow-up news report which you can see here.
To date, 498 volunteers from across the UK have knitted or donated wool for our “Knit for Community” project, which we are continuing through the latest lockdown, and 210 unique blankets and 158 lap blankets have been produced or donated. In November we auctioned 30 blankets, plus two “special” blankets in the colours of Leicester City FC and Leicester Tigers RFC, raising over £4,000 plus additional donations making a total of over £6,000 to be split between the five charities we are supporting.
More information on our Facebook page - including an instructional knitting video by Past Master Sheila Turner - and in the poster below.
Huge thanks to all our volunteers – this is only possible due to you - please keep knitting!
WHO ARE THE FRAMEWORK KNITTERS?
The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters traces its origins to 1589 when William Lee of Calverton in Nottinghamshire invented a method of knitting mechanically.AN INTERESTING HISTORY
WHY SHOULD I BECOME A MEMBER?
Membership is open to anyone over the age of twenty-one who will respect the Company's heritage, take pride in its activities, and strive to maintain its standards.HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER
OUR CHARITY WORK AND STUDENT BURSARIES
The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters has helped students of design, management, marketing, science and technology relevant to the knitting/knitwear industries with bursaries for many years.GETTING INVOLVED