Pensioner overwhelmed by lifetime supply of wool

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An 81-year-old man from Middlesbrough is still feeling shocked after winning a lifetime supply of yarn balls.

Eric Prowls, told the Gazette Live that he now has a mountain of wool at his home after subscribing to a knitting magazine which was offering it as a prize.

The former clerical worker revealed that he was amazed to be sent more than six black bags' worth of yarn and doesn't think he could possibly get through it all.

Mr Prowls, who has been knitting for more than 70 years told the publication: "I would never be able to use this much wool even if I knitted for 24 hours a day for the rest of my life."

He went on to say: "If any knitter groups want to receive some wool, free, then get in touch and I'll send it to them."

The former Royal Navy member is an avid knitter and has undertaken many charitable projects over the years, including donating blankets for homeless dogs and premature babies in Africa.

However, he now has more wool than he knows what to do with so is keen for it to go to good homes, where people can continue his good work and develop their skills.

Often people can amass a large amount of wool, whether it is through leftover reams or colours/textures which you just aren't sure how to use. Rather than hanging onto unwanted yarn why not take inspiration from Mr Prowls and donate excess wool to local knitting groups or charitable projects which may be able to find great new uses for it.

Alternatively, you could give this yarn a new lease of life by using it to create striped or patchwork pieces, such as quilts, scarves and cushion covers. While they may not be to your taste you could give them to friends and family as presents or donate them to your local charity shop.

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