College students bond over love of knitting

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Students are perhaps better known for their love of partying than a penchant for handicrafts. However, that's not the way things are at the University of Iowa, where a knitting club is going from strength to strength.

It all started last year when Mackenzie Bean and Shyla Ruppert - who came from two different US states - were placed in the same halls of residence, the Press Citizen reports.

They happened to find out that they both loved knitting and soon began to swap projects and turn their colourful balls of yarn into something beautiful.

Not long afterwards, they decided to see if any other Iowa students shared their passion, so they booked a meeting room and sent out an email about their brand new knitting club. Expecting just 20 people, Mackenzie and Shyla were astonished when almost 70 turned up.

Since then, the members have been meeting every Thursday in the English and Philosophy departments of the college to chat, share their problems and of course, knit to their heart's content.

All kinds of people attend, including 31-year-old mature student Tony Rogers, who said he loves to knit warm socks for his size 13 feet because it's hard to get them in the shops.

"It's not so uncommon now to see a guy in a bar, drinking a beer and knitting," he laughed.

Mackenzie said people seem to love the sense of purpose the club offers.

"There is something about taking a ball of yarn and turning it into a functional piece of clothing that is really satisfying," she added.

Back in the UK, the John Lewis on London's Oxford Street is also trying to attract people who might not normally knit with male-only craft classes hosted by Rowan.

The store got the idea after noticing a surge in the number of men expressing an interest in the existing workshops being run there.

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