On Saturday week, September 27th, we crafters get a chance to make the world a wee bit better. HandmAid, the Dublin craft charity day, is having its fourth annual outing, from 10.30 am to 4.30pm, and everyone's welcome! Every year, HandmAid raises funds for a different charity. This year, the money raised goes to the Laura Lynn children's hospice, which does astounding work for very ill children and their families. You can learn more about what they do at that link - like the rest of the hospice movement, Laura Lynn provides its services free of charge to families. If you haven't been to HandmAid before, it's a day of craft and good will down the granite steps of the Damer Hall on Stephen's Green (there's directions at this link): At the bottom of the stairs, there's a big room simply full of delight. You can take a class (there's a huge range of classes from origami to wheel spinning, and you can book online at this link), you can enjoy tea or coffee and bake-sale cake while you can sit and stitch with friends... ...and there's a huge heaping market stall: there's terrific yarn and craft supplies at extremely reduced prices (made possible by the generosity of many businesses and individuals), there's paper patterns and books, there's finished objects to buy... And speaking of the market stall, This Is Knit is delighted to be a collection point for donations for it. If you have a contribution to make - those balls of lovely yarn that never found their true calling, the pattern books that would like a new home, the embroidery silks that languish, those finished objects that will help make a difference - drop it in before Monday and we'll get it to HandmAid. Most of all, come along on Saturday week. You'll be making the world a bit better. All photos in this post are the work of Julie of halfadreamaway.com, Â© handmAid, and used with permission.