Knit and Knatter group are crafting for charity

Young farmers show off their knitting skills

A group of people who meet up to knit and socialise have been raising money for not just one charitable organisation, but two.

The Knit and Knatter members congregate at Kearsley Mount Methodist Church in Bolton each week and recently came up with the idea of making a super-long scarf to raise funds for victims of the Philippines disaster, the Bolton News reports.

After getting sponsorship from friends and family, they have spent weeks putting the piece together, resulting in a scarf that's an astonishing 130ft long. This has drummed up £100 for charity so far.

However, the keen crafters are not stopping there. Instead, they are now gently picking the scarf apart so that it can be made into individual blankets.

These can then be donated to Siblings Together, which works with children who have been separated from their brothers and sisters due to them going into care.

Each child can choose a blanket and attach a message to it, then swap the knitted comforters along with their sentiments when they visit their siblings at weekends.

Although this charitable work is fantastic, the group also offers benefits for its members too. Reverend Stephen Radford from the church where the knitters meet said: "People meet and we provide a buffet lunch, then in the afternoon they start knitting and nattering. The group has been great. We have had people say they have had so much to talk about since it started."

If your knitting group has been on the lookout for a project to start for charity, you can't go wrong with blankets. They are not time-consuming to make and are suitable for all skill levels.

What's more, they will be much appreciated by a range of donors, from hospitals and homeless shelters to victims of natural disasters.

You can find a really lovely butterfly blanket pattern to get you started here, but there are plenty of other styles to browse elsewhere on our website too.

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