Knit­ting club gar­ners travel guide men­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Spin­ning a yarn down at the lo­cal pub has taken on a whole new mean­ing at Monty’s Bar in Queen­stown. The Church St bar is now the weekly head­quar­ters for the new Knot Your Nana’s Knit­ting Club whose mem­bers, av­er­age age 25, are far from your stereo­typ­i­cal knit­ting nanas. The group started three months ago, af­ter a few English Novo­tel Queen­stown Lake­side staff, who loved to knit but also en­joyed a glass of wine, de­cided to meet at the pub so they could com­pare stitches. Found­ing mem­ber Jen­nifer Hughes said they now have a core group of al­most 10 knitters and cro­cheters and have found them­selves teach­ing oth­ers who just drop in for ad­vice. The group has al­ready unravelled many a knit­ter out of a knotty sit­u­a­tion with ca­sual mem­bers from all cor­ners of the globe stop­ping by each week . A young Amer­i­can woman popped in for help knit­ting her hat one night, then re­mem­bered an hour later she was meant to be pick­ing up take­aways for her flat­mate. ‘‘We’ve even had com­ments on Trip Ad­vi­sor, af­ter an el­derly Ger­man cou­ple dined in the restau­rant be­side us and said how nice it was to see young peo­ple knit­ting,’’ co-founder Hay­ley McKee said. But the nov­elty for th­ese young women, most of them many miles from home, is be­ing able to hand­craft some­thingthat they can send home to loved ones. Hats and scarves for dads back home, even a blan­ket for a baby niece not yet met in Eng­land. In the case of Miss Hughes, the cro­chet queen in the group, that’s a de­light­ful blue owl-em­bossed, woollen cup warmer for her Nana in Eng­land, ‘‘be­cause she lives in a cold house’’.

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