Knotty Knit­ters to re­vive dy­ing art

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A newly-formed knit­ting group for chil­dren and adults will meet on Thurs­day evenings at St Mo­lios Church, Shisk­ine, to learn the skill of knit­ting which is slowly fad­ing away in mod­ern so­ci­ety.

Hosted by El­iz­a­beth Muir­head and known as the Knotty Knit­ters, the classes were orig­i­nally go­ing to be for chil­dren but there has been so much in­ter­est from adults that the classes have now been ex­panded to in­clude adults and chil­dren.

Tak­ing place be­tween 4pm and 6pm, the classes will be aimed at all lev­els and as the classes progress, projects – such as knee blan­ket knit­ting for Ar­ran’s el­derly – will be un­der­taken by stu­dents.

El­iz­a­beth, who is au­tho­rised to work with pro­tected and vul­ner­a­ble groups such as the el­derly and chil­dren, said: ‘Par­ents can have peace of mind leav­ing their chil­dren with me at the classes.

‘Over the years knit­ting had died a bit, but it is a skill which can be eas­ily picked up, and has started to make a come­back. Doc­tors now say that it’s good for your health due to the fact that it keeps the brain ac­tive and keeps your mind alert.’

Classes will com­mence on Thurs­day Au­gust 23, with a nom­i­nal cost to cover over­heads such as tu­to­ri­als and equip­ment.

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