Knitting group need wool and members

A local knitting group is seeking new members and donations of wool.

Do you have fond memories of knitting as a child, or do you currently enjoy knitting? If so why not join a local knitting group.

Currently there are two groups which run in Brechin and Edzell.

The Let’s knit at the Cottage group meets at the Cottage on a Monday evening from 7 pm to 9 pm and on a Thursday from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm with a cost of £1 per session to cover the lost of tea and biscuits.

The Pins and Needles, lets knit local meets at the Caledonian Hotel, Brechin on a Wednesday evening from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.

Wendy Chaplain, who has organised the groups said: “The knitting groups are somewhere that people can come to and socialise whilst doing activities such as knitting and crocheting.

“In the group you get the chance to learn new skills and teach your skills to others.

“We are not teachers, nor are we experts, we are just a group of people who enjoy what we are doing.

“The group caters for all abilities so there is no problem if you have never tried knitting or crocheting before.

“The group is perfect for all ages and it would be good to see some more young people joining and some men.

“Currently our youngest member is two years old so there is no reason why young mums can not bring children along as long as they are kept supervised.

“The group has a box of needles which you can use if you do not have your own knitting needles. Just as long as you have patience and a sense of humour then you will get on well in the group.

“We used to have a box of wool that could be used but at the moment we have depleted the stock.

“When you come to the group there is no format and you can knit or crochet whatever you want to. “You do not need to stay for the whole time of the group. You do not have to come at the beginning group or stay until the end, nor do you have to come to every session.

“The group is currently in the process of knitting 31 blankets for the residents at the Glens Nursing home and we are really in need of wool to use for this. We have made six already but we still have 25 to do and really need wool to be able to do this.

“We will accept all types of wool and of all colours.

“A woman within the group knits clothing for premature babies which she donates to Bliss and Ninewells. For this we would be interested in getting donations for four ply wool.”

If you are interesting in helping knitting or crocheting the blankets for the Glens care home but you can not attend the group then you can donate squares which you have knitted.

The blankets will be about 50 inches by 50 inches with squares being approximately 10 by 10 inches.

“The squares do not have to be of an exact size it is really just about what you can manage. Any help to create these blankets would be appreciated,” said Wendy

Just recently the group has used wool which was donated to knit items to sell in the Charity Shop in Edzell to raise funds for the Cottage, Edzell.

Not only is knitting fun but it has also been found to have health benefits such as lowering your blood pressure and reducing anxiety related symptom, including insomnia and panic attacks. It has also been show to help with long term pain.

Not only this but it also engages the brain, keeping it alert and challenged.

If you have any wool that you can donate to the group or if you have knitted some squares to be used for the blankets then please take it to Eclipe Hairdressers on Market Street or you hand it into the group during one of their sessions.

If you would like more information or would like to attend just pop into one of the groups and talk to the members.