Generations unite for Scottish knitting project

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Knitting is known as a great community activity and one area in Scotland is hoping that by picking up some needles and yarn they can unite different generations.

Barrhead News reports that the new project, Stitch Through Time, has seen people from the age of nine to 90 work together to practice their crafting skills.

The scheme, run by the Kirkton Service, which offers day opportunities for older people, has introduced older members of the community to local school children in order to pass down their knitting skills and educate the next generation on just how fun and creative it can be.

Billed as a positive way to provide structure and a sense of purpose for older residents, it is proving to be a unique social outlet and a great opportunity for the town’s old and young community to mix.

It is therapeutic for many of the older participants and enables youngsters to appreciate their skills, as well as notice the merits of their own knitting work.

Volunteer Maureen Petrie, who is 86, told the newspaper that she was having great fun teaching the children how to knit.

“I’m enjoying every moment of it. The children are so keen to learn, are enthusiastic and a joy to teach,” she claimed.

Meanwhile, Carlibar Primary 7 pupil, Amy Grey who is aged ten said: “I liked the older ladies helping us. It was my first time trying knitting and it was really good.”

Other children also revealed how interesting it was to learn about the ladies’ lives and World War Two, which was a popular topic of conversation.

After such a positive response to the project, the Kirkton Service is now planning to arrange further opportunities for young and old people in the community to socialise and share experiences and skills.

They are currently considering how young people could help tutor older residents on how to text and use mobile phones.

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