East Riding children knit blankets for animal charities

North Wales woman knitting for charity

The UK's heatwave shows little sign of letting up, but if you've got a bit of spare time on your hands then now could be a great time to get to work on winter knitting projects.

There are many old people's homes, animal shelters and homeless charities who welcome knitted gifts, from blankets to clothing - especially during the colder weather.

One group of volunteers who have already been doing their bit are pupils at Anlaby Primary School and Kirk Ella St Andrew's Community Primary School in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Both sets of students have been busy knitting blankets for animal charities in the region, Hull Daily Mail reports.

The blankets will be used to line animals' bed so that they do not have to lie on hard floors and the groups claim that they are needed all year round, not just in winter.

Children from Anlaby Primary made two blankets after weeks of knitting squares and decided to donate the project to Pet Respect.

School pupil, Natan Luczak, ten, said: "At first, it was really hard to do but then we got better and better. I have really enjoyed it. It was very relaxing and it could help us in textiles when we go to secondary school."

Many of the children had no idea about the basics of knitting, but teaching assistant Wendy Smith organised an after-school club and soon got the kids involved.

They can now all knit basic squares and are keen to improve upon their knitting skills.

Fellow pupil, Amelia Mounks, nine, commented: "I thought knitting was really fun because I didn’t know how to knit when I first joined and now I am really good. I feel really proud."

Meanwhile, children from Kirk Ella St Andrew's have been making blankets for the Hull Animal Welfare Trust and will largely be going to help dogs feel more comfortable in their kennels.

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