Oxford Yarn Store celebrates 10th Anniversary

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This month, the Oxford Yarn Store turns 10, and to celebrate, Lizzie, Matt and the team have created a special competition in support of Oxford Food Hub.

Oxford Yarn Store

In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Oxford Yarn Store, a local landmark of the picturesque North Parade Avenue, is inviting people of all ages and ability to get their creative hats on and knit, stitch, crochet or weave a single 20 cm x 20 cm square depicting something that represents or symbolises Oxford for you.

Oxford Yarn Store

Oxford Yarn Store owner Lizzie explains;
“We are thrilled that knitting and crafting is surging in popularity and that people are still supporting their local independent shop. The squares are a great way of using up yarn remnants or recycling old craft items– so very low or no cost but also saving materials from landfill. Any material or method can be used to make your square, however the edge/border of your square must be able to be sewn to another. I grew up in our wonderful city of Oxford and it’s a hub of inspiration with its famous architecture, history, universities, bridges, and famous residents – we’re excited to see how creative people can be! We’re also delighted that illustrator Rosie Leech has designed a beautiful anniversary image for us – we love her illustrative style! All squares entered will be stitched into blankets to be auctioned as part of a wider fundraising event to raise money for The Oxford Food Hub.”

Stitch Oxford Rosie Leech
Illustration by Rosie Leech

About The Oxford Food Hub

Oxford Food Hub is at the centre of surplus food redistribution in Oxfordshire, providing food to over 170 charities. In 2020, they supplied over 600 tonnes of produce to local charities and community groups and with help from the local community, they can keep providing this service without charge to suppliers and charities.

Ready, steady, knit!

The closing date for submitting a square is 6 pm Saturday December 10th and entries will be shortlisted by the Oxford Yarn Store’s James Edwards and special, invited judge, Linda Ivell of @knitting4victory, will select a winner and 2 runners up in each category.

Stitch Oxford Yarn Store

The Knitty-Gritty

To enter visit: https://www.oxfordyarn.com/stitch-oxford

• The categories are: 16 and under, and 17 and over
• The two age category winners will receive prizes worth over £300 each, and 4 runners-up will receive prizes worth over £50
• Each entry will receive a limited edition anniversary tote bag
• To celebrate all of the creations entrants are invited to share an image of their square to Instagram using the hashtag #myoxfordyarn and tagging @oxfordyarnstore


We’d love to see your creations too, so feel free to tag @independentoxford in your Instagram posts too.

Good luck and happy crafting!

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