Designer knits tea cosies to help fight prostate cancer

Designer knits tea cosies to help fight prostate cancer

A designer from Lincolnshire is knitting a selection of handmade tea cosies to help raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

Libby Summers has been running her own design and manufacturing firm for the past six years and is now joining forces with the national charity to increase awareness of the condition and also to raise vital funds for its ongoing work.

Ms Summers told the Rutland and Stamford Mercury that the cause was very close to her heart as both her father and uncle were diagnosed with the disease three years ago, meaning she is fully aware of the impact it can have on sufferers and their families.

The charity is organising 1940s-themed Tea For Victory parties across the country and the designer will be selling her handcrafted tea cosies and patterns at the events in a bid to raise money.

Half of the proceeds of the pattern sales and ten per cent of all kit sales will go to Prostate Cancer UK.

Ms Summers told the newspaper: "Even though this is the most common form of cancer in men and 10,000 die every year from it, I feel that charities supporting research and supporting families affected by it do not get the high profile they should.

"I hope my contribution will help to raise the profile of Prostate Cancer UK and encourage people to hold or take part in a fundraising event."

Tea cosies are a great way to move on from being a beginner to an intermediate knitter, giving you the opportunity to try increasing and decreasing stitches as well as knitting in the round.

You can also attempt to make decorations such as pom poms and bobbles, as well as more difficult designs including patterns and cabling.

Why not organise a charity coffee morning where you can meet with fellow knitters to attempt tea cosy patterns and enjoy a catch up?

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