Worldwide Creative Project for 2020


One of the most exciting parts of Yarndale is the creative challenges we set – and the enthusiastic response from everyone who joins in and we hope you will love this one!

This year we are delighted to support Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People as our chosen charity for 2020.

Now, more than ever, Martin House needs your support. Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, the hospice has been forced to cancel its fundraising events, and has seen its income plummet in recent weeks as the country has gone into lockdown.

It has been forced to cancel planned respite stays for families, but remains open for emergency and end of life care, and is providing support by phone to reassure parents in these scary times. It’s also poised to help the NHS, by taking patients from hospitals and working in the community to prevent hospital admissions, freeing up beds for coronavirus patients.

In these testing times, taking part in our creative challenge will be a way you can stay occupied, while also making a very real difference to one of our best-loved local charities.

Martin House is an incredibly special place, which cares for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions from across West, North and East Yorkshire. Every year it supports more than 420 children and their families, as well as a further 150 bereaved families.

Its care includes respite stays, where families can spend time together, as well as support in their own homes and in hospitals. Martin House is there for families 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so families always have access to medical advice and support from its team of specialist doctors and care staff.

For parents, visiting Martin House is often a chance to ‘be mum and dad’ instead of full-time carers, to get a good night’s sleep, while children and young people can enjoy activities like art and music therapy, and brothers and sisters can have some ‘me time’.

We are asking you to make colourful dishcloths to help raise money for this fantastic cause, which will help to make a real difference to families supported by Martin House Hospice Care. | Facebook | Twitter| Instagram | YouTube

The joy of handmade dishcloths

Knitted or crocheted, handmade dishcloths have lots of benefits! 
We’re really excited to launch our creative project as part of this year’s event. In these challenging times of physical distancing, this is a great opportunity for people to learn a new hobby, or share an existing love of crafting with the whole family and get everyone involved. We’d love you to share your creations and stay connected with a large community of fellow crafters, whilst making a very real difference to one of our best-loved local charities. 
Our dishcloths are the perfect project for teaching someone to knit or crochet. Simple cost effective patterns are easily available for beginners as well as more complex ones for advanced designs. We have been using 100% cotton and love them since they have so many uses. They are brilliant for so many household jobs and make great washcloths too. Pop them in your regular cloths wash and use again and again – better for the environment and reduces waste.
They are really fun to make too, so make as many as you like and share your pattens and ideas for colours and stitches. 
We have provided a knitted pattern and a crochet pattern for you to follow if you wish but there are no limits to your stitches or creativity! 

Knitted Pattern




Your dishcloths will be displayed at Yarndale 2020 and then sold over the weekend and all the money raised will go to Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People.

You can make just one or send as many as you like! – please include your name and town/country .

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We will be sharing regular updates on our social media. Please visit our Facebook page [] , Twitter [] and Instagram [].

We would love to see your photos on social media too – please tag any photos of your dishcloths on Instagram so we can see them – use hashtag  #yarndaledishcloth and  #yarndale2020