Knitted tree boosts Christmas spirit in Fenstanton

More young people are taking up knitting

A village in Cambridgeshire is building the seasonal atmosphere thanks to a Christmas tree with a difference.

Fenstanton Knitters and Natters has produced 800 squares of colourful yarn to create a tree that is approximately nine feet tall. Some 200 toys were then attached to the creation in order to add the final touches.

It was displayed at the weekend at Fenstanton United Reformed Church during its Christmas Tree Festival, where attendees were invited to donate money to good causes.

These included the Hinchingbrooke Special Care Baby Unit and the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, as well as the church itself.

Jean Ding of Fenstanton Knitters and Natters, who organised the creation of the knitted Christmas tree, described the creation as "absolutely beautiful".

Speaking to the Hunts Post, she commented: "It's wonderful - the moment that we put the toys on it just transformed it."

More than 30 of the organisation's members worked on the project, while enthusiastic knitters from the vicinity also helped out.

Naturally, erecting this unique Christmas tree was a difficult and time-consuming process, since each square had to be attached to a dowling framework. They will later be transformed into blankets and sent out to local care homes.

This is not the first time knitting has been used to bring about seasonal cheer this Christmas, as knitted depictions of the birth of baby Jesus are becoming increasingly popular decorations across the country.

According to Newbury Today, St Mary's Church in Shaw-cum-Donnington has adopted this approach, thanks to the efforts of local resident Christine Willetts to motivate people into making one from scratch.

This knitted depiction of the nativity scene includes everything from sheep and shepherds to the baby Jesus himself. Commenting on the display, she described it as "absolutely beautiful" and said it could be used to tell the Christmas story to youngsters.

A knitted display could be a pleasantly rustic alternative to traditional wood and plastic Christmas decorations in homes, churches and offices all over the UK.

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