|Venue||Swan Statue, Cornwalls Meadow|
About the group
Due to illness Sheila Dalzell and Lesley Suggate have stepped down as co-ordinator and Barbara Willis has taken over.
Knitting not Strolling
When our last walk ended on 18th March, Strollers realised how much we would miss the regular contact with friends. As the Covid 19 lockdown began we needed another way to stay in touch.
The answer came as a group project for Knit for Peace. This is a London based charity sending out knitted goods in response to requests from refugee camps, refuges, and hospices, in fact anyone with a need whether in the UK or overseas.
Eight of us began knitting six inch squares with the aim of making a large double blanket (an item in high demand). One hundred and ninety five squares later and our blanket is now at Knit for Peace awaiting delivery to its new owner.
We set up a Whatsapp group so that we could chat and share progress. When lockdown eased we were able to combine some afternoon teas (for 6!) in the garden with putting the squares together.
Knit for Peace believes that: “Knitting is good for people. As well as being fun and therapeutic it brings people together and gives a way of helping those in need for the benefit of both the knitters and the recipients”.
It certainly helped our group stay in touch and support each other while we were confined to our homes. As we move back into lockdown we have picked up our needles again to make smaller squares for a lap blanket – a little less ambitious than our last project!
Photo Credit: Barbara Willis, Peter Hoare and Photoshop for creating a socially distanced collage.