Monday, 19 March 2018

Let’s knit the village

WARGRAVE will be adorned with knitting as part of this year’s village festival.

WARGRAVE will be adorned with knitting as part of this year’s village festival.

Sue Emms started the Knit the Village project last July and is now running four groups of knitters.

She said: “I felt it would be something positive that we could do for our village.

“We would like to showcase what we produce at the festival by hanging it from trees and other public places. Hopefully it will be well received.” Mrs Emms, from Cockpole Green, said there was an average of about eight people in each knitting group but the people varied between sessions.

She said: “We are encouraging people who do not knit ordinarily to come along. We start them off with a basic garter stitch. Then they can knit squares and scarves that we can use to wrap around lampposts.

“They create them with a different motif and different colours and shapes. Flowers have been popular.

“There are also people who are unable to get to the groups, so they are knitting at home.

“Elizabeth Court recently joined in and there is a leader there running sessions, which is great.”

Mrs Emms, who says she has knitted on and off for years, said she was pleased with the response. “We have had interest from people in their twenties right through to elderly people,” she said.

“At the beginning people were wondering what it was all about and could not see the reason behind it.

“This is a very good way of using knitting skills for art, instead of just for utility.”

For more information about Knit the Village, call 0118 940 2107.

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