Knitters mark Remembrance Day with woollen poppies

Knitters mark Remembrance Day with woollen poppies (Thinkstock)

Knitters in Grimsby are working hard to support Remembrance Day with a rather unusual campaign.

Launched by Kettle Funeral Directors and Monumental Masons, the Knitted Poppy Appeal is calling for people to knit and sell poppies in order to help raise vital funds for the Royal British Legion in north-east Lincolnshire.

The day is not marked until November, however the businesses are urging volunteers to take time out to remember the war dead, while also putting their woollen skills to good work, the Grimsby Telegraph reports.

Denise Rudd, administrator at Kettle, told the newspaper that they will be selling the knitted poppies for this year's appeal, however first need them to be made.

"I have the patterns and a small supply of wool to give to people if they want to get involved," she said, before revealing that the idea follows on from last year when the firm knitted hats for troops abroad.

"I wanted to do something that stood out and was a little bit different. We want to get as many made up as possible so we can make as much money as we can," Ms Rudd added.

Once the poppies are finished people can buy them with a minimum of £1 donation.

She stressed the need for local knitters involvement, explaining that the red flowers shouldn't be too difficult to make.

"The poppies are easy to create; all you need to do is knit four separate petals and sew them together and put a safety pin on the back," Ms Rudd claimed.

Anyone keen to get involved can contact the funeral directors or the New Waltham Royal British Legion for more information.

All finished knitted poppies will then be sold towards the end of October, heading into November from these sites, meaning anyone keen to support the cause can head down to make a donation and receive their hand-knitted flower brooch.

Ravelympics unravels US Olympic bureaucracy

The Ravelympics fought its corner against US Olympic bureaucracy

The Olympics is no stranger to controversy, but a knitting scandal is something very few people could have predicted.

This week the US Olympic Committee (USOC) sent a cease-and-desist letter to wor... read more

Woolfest proves a hit with knitters

Woolfest proved to be a big hit with knitters

Cockermouth's annual Woolfest has just finished, proving a huge hit with all involved.

Heavy showers didn't put off the crowds who made it up to Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre in Cockermouth ... read more

Are you joining the Big Knit 2012?

Are you joining the Big Knit 2012?

One of the most annoying things about knitting is inevitably all the leftover threads and balls of wool.

Rather than throwing them away, most people will keep these bits and bobs under the proviso... read more

Pinterest Facebook Twitter Youtube Rss