Australian schoolboys show off knitting skills

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With talk of knitting making it back onto the school curriculum and more youth groups cropping up across the country it seems that young people are really embracing yarn and knitting needles.

But, it's not just girls who have been getting to grips with knitting and yarncrafts.

In Australia a group of schoolboys are doing their best to brush off any sexist stereotypes with their new knitting project.

A collection of year nine and ten boys from Shoalhaven Anglican School in Ulladulla, New South Wales have started their own extra-curricular society, SAS Knitting where they put their skills to good work.

The Milton Ulladulla Times reports that teacher Janet Munyard, who helped orchestrate the group, was delighted that it attracted so many male students, and in fact only a few girls.

She said: "I was very surprised by the response. Kids get the option to do some very exciting things like photography and these boys chose to knit for a great cause.

"I am very pleased with their attitude towards the project, because knitting can sometimes be very frustrating but they are all going very well.

Each of the knitting group members have been helping with the Wrap with Love initiative, which is part of a national project that has been operating in the country since 1992.

So far more than 252,000 knitted wraps have been sent to people in more than 75 different countries around the world.

After largely being taught to knit by their grandmothers, the boys have been hard at work knitting squares, which can then be stitched together to form patchwork blankets and wraps ready to be distributed to those who need them.

The students at the school are now well on their way to creating a 28-square wrap, but are encouraging other people in the community to get involved in the project too.

This could be to help knit more squares, or even to donate more wool and knitting needles, so that they can expand their school-based operation.

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