Care-home resident sets up Knitting Nanas charitable group

US knitters reminded they can carry needles on planes

An enterprising resident of a care home for the elderly has taken it upon herself to set up a knitting group after she was told the facility didn't have one.

Janet Pallett and fellow occupant Doreen Waters, who both live at of The Manor House in North Walsham Wood, came up with the idea for the Knitting Nanas, the Eastern Daily Press reports.

Rather than produce items for themselves, they decided to create garments that could be given to good causes in the area.

The group of seven now meet every Tuesday for an hour-and-a-half and one of the carers at the centre supervises the session.

Although they were only recently established, the Knitting Nanas are already working hard producing bonnets, teddies and blankets to donate to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The wool for the projects is donated by family and friends of the residents.

Manager of the care home Emma Cooper praised the efforts of the group and described the items they have produced so far as "fantastic". Clearly proud of their work, she hinted the collective hope to be able to present the fruits of their labour directly to the baby unit.

"It is such a marvellous cause and the group enjoys getting together. The knitting abilities vary though so they all help each other in completing the various garments, blankets and soft toys," she said.

Why not try knitting your own baby clothes by visiting our website and downloading one of our patterns? You could try out Martin Storey's infant's cardigan. It is made using Baby Merino Silk DK - a machine-washable, luxury yarn that has been created specifically for sensitive skin. It is a mix of merino superwash wool and tussah silk.

It has details on the pockets and flower motifs along the collar, so you can be sure you are knitting something that is eye-catching and will be well-loved. 

Ravelympics unravels US Olympic bureaucracy

The Ravelympics fought its corner against US Olympic bureaucracy

The Olympics is no stranger to controversy, but a knitting scandal is something very few people could have predicted.

This week the US Olympic Committee (USOC) sent a cease-and-desist letter to wor... read more

Woolfest proves a hit with knitters

Woolfest proved to be a big hit with knitters

Cockermouth's annual Woolfest has just finished, proving a huge hit with all involved.

Heavy showers didn't put off the crowds who made it up to Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre in Cockermouth ... read more

Are you joining the Big Knit 2012?

Are you joining the Big Knit 2012?

One of the most annoying things about knitting is inevitably all the leftover threads and balls of wool.

Rather than throwing them away, most people will keep these bits and bobs under the proviso... read more

Pinterest Facebook Twitter Youtube Rss