02 May

Knitted quilt raises over £1,000

A huge beekeeper's quilt made by the customers of the Sheep Shop Cambridge has raised over £1,000 for the Arthur Rank Hospice.

Almost a year ago, the Sheep Shop in Cambridge set out on an ambitious challenge to create a king-size beekeeper's quilt to raise money for a local charity, the Arthur Rank Hospice. Cambridge's knitting community took up the challenge and knitted up 1,400 hexagonal puffs, which have all now been joined together to create the final quilt.

46 knitters and crocheters worked on creating the hexipuffs and countless more donated yarn and time in stitching the whole thing together. It took an estimated 700 hours of man power to make all 1,400 - what an endeavour! Visitors from as far as Australia also donated hexipuffs to the project.

The quilt is the biggest of its kind known to the designer Tiny Owl, so they're applying to Guiness to see if it truly is a record holder.


Sarah Clark of the Sheep Shop Cambridge is thrilled: "We were delighted that some many people have had a hand in making this quilt - it really is one of a kind, with so many different colours and textures."

Raffle ticket sales and donations in recognition of the work totalled £1,047, with a further £65.74 raised for the charity by The Sheep Shop, through donating contributions given for using the shop’s yarn-winding equipment.

The quilt was won by Deborah Neiger in York, who bought £20 of raffle tickets online.  When she found out the quilt was hers her response was “I will very much appreciate the effort gone into this work of art as an avid knitter myself…..well done everyone!!” and updated, “The quilt has settled into our home beautifully...much loved by me and both children! Even my hubby is most impressed!”. 

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