Knitters create ‘woolly safari’

Members of the WEA Craft group at Talbot Road Methodist Church with with their knitted safari project
Members of the WEA Craft group at Talbot Road Methodist Church with with their knitted safari project

A GROUP of knitters are aiming to create their own “woolly safari” animals to show how much fun the craft can be.

Members of the WEA Craft group have joined forces with residents at Queen Elizabeth Court housing scheme, in Brockley Whins, South Shields, and The Grange care home in Boldon to launch the project.

Irene Tawfiq with some of the knitted animals

Irene Tawfiq with some of the knitted animals

Together, they hope to create a safari which can be used as a teaching resource and to showcase the fun side of knitting.

As well as knitted animals, they will also be making off road trucks, trees, rocks and a knitted patchwork mat.

The project is being run by Janet Wylie, who said: “All the group members are really enthusiastic about the project, and every week new animals arrive.

“It is such an exciting project and our motivation is to provide stimulation through play for children and to hopefully encourage more young people to take up knitting.

Members of the WEA Craft group at Talbot Road Methodist Church with with their knitted safari project

Members of the WEA Craft group at Talbot Road Methodist Church with with their knitted safari project

“It is great to be using our skills for something so worthwhile.”

The project at Queen Elizabeth Anchor House is being funded by Ringtons while those at The Grange are being funded by the Legacy Fund.

Mrs Wylie added: “Many schools are now seeing the value of knitting and other crafts which were prevalent in the 1950s.”

It is hoped the project will be displayed in libraries where it can be used by young people.

The group meet on Fridays at Talbot Road, Methodist Church, Talbot Road, South Shields at 2pm.

For information on the group or the project, contact Janet Wylie on 4554830, 07954413542 or email: 54janet@live.co.uk

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