Knitting club garners travel guide mention
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’’.