Friends with Threads

This group of creative, generous and enthusiastic people meet at Penfriends studio on specific Monday afternoons. We knit or crochet to create articles of clothing, toys and blankets for people in need. 

2020 'The Year of Warm Hearts'

Monday Afternoon: 11h00 - 12h45 (please note time & always confirm dates)

PLEASE NOTE: No get-togethers in the studio until further notice.

Follow our FB page for inspiration and patterns & updates.

Please follow us on FB: Friends with Threads or Golden Years Toys & Tops for Tots 

In both those FB pages you will find many of the patterns we use under FILES.

We arrange Zoom get-togethers from time to time. 

Please e-mail me should you wish to join us so I can add you to the session. 

Bring your latest project and let's share some time together. Let me know if we should expect you.

September - November 2020:

We continue to make blankets, teddies and scarves. These will be distributed at the end of the year.

 The CAL has started and we will only need to complete 16 rows every 4 weeks. We all agree that it will be fun. If you have a sampler pattern you want to use please do so.

Adrienne & Heather - we do hope you will participate??

A-M, Bernice, Tina and Sylvia are IN! Which is fabulous. Hopefully we will be using up hanks and cakes from our yarn stashes and will have another great blanket by November. 

We are also looking at making 20 (and 20) teddies for a small group of children by May, together with beanies and scarves. We have donated yarn if you need some, so collect next time. I have a few friends who are very keen to participate. Seems that Teddies are the happy toy.

So 2020 (=40) is the number we are working towards by May and November which seems less stressful this year. No doubt other projects will come up though the next few months. 

We can all work on 'own' projects too if that will be more fun.

Embroidery Sampler 2020 - still going strong? Or have you thrown the idea out the window?


When my children were still at school, I had (like many other mothers) hours to spare waiting in for them to come from sport, choir or plays even. I wasn’t a ‘car park chatterer’ so had many good times listening to music and embroidering samplers, cushion covers and much more. I have yards/metres of thread and some lovely fabric still to use.

I quite liked the idea of ‘the stitch a day’ project, but that so many other projects it simply didn’t happen but I wondered if I planned a square a month it would be ‘doable’ remembering that after 18 January ‘2019 begins In Ernest’. 

And then, of course there is always a stitch sampler book which could be fun too. (I think we all made one in Kindergarten). Although my sister had an AWFUL needlework teacher who made her unpick her work until it looked like the dog used it as a toy, my mother and I took over for her. (We were most upset when we only received a ‘Highly Commended’ for our efforts).

Needless to say my sister never picked up a needle and thread again after she left Grade2.

So these are just a few ideas using a different kind of creativity for 2020 

Choose what you will. Discard what you will, but remember we still need teddies, beanies and, and, and…


2016 - The Year of the Teddy

End of year

At Sizwe

Beanies and Bootees for Bara

Pocket pals



The Teddies

In the Team

At Redzwane

Some more of the team

A lovely teddy

Precious children

Special people

Special people

Where I love to be

Where I love to be

Listening to the singing

Waiting for the singing to start

Sweetie time

Sweetie time

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