Knitters raise money for Poppy Appeal with woolly blooms

Knitters raise money for Poppy Appeal with woolly blooms

A knitting club from Derbyshire will be sending a sizeable donation to the Royal British Legion after making more than 150 knitted poppies to sell in aid of the charity's annual Poppy Appeal.

The Knitwits meet fortnightly at the Reading Matters bookshop in Chapel-en-le-Frith and its members managed to beaver away to create a total of 153 flowers, all stitched in beautiful scarlet wool.

All of the yarn was kindly donated by the Knitwits themselves, meaning all profits will be going directly to the armed forces charity. The poppies were placed in the window of Reading Matters and a minimum donation of £3 was requested, so the campaign should hopefully raise plenty of money.

One eager buyer was High Peak MP Andrew Bingham - and he gave the Kntiwits some considerable publicity when he wore his flower to the pre-Armistice Day edition of Prime Minister's Question Time, resulting in a flurry of comments on Twitter.

The Knitwits are not resting on their laurels now that November 11th has come and gone though, as they have already started work on their next project. This will be a 'knitivity' scene to go in the Reading Matters shop window for Christmas, with each member responsible for knitting a different part of the display.

This is not the only example of knitting being used to commemorate Remembrance Day this year. The Staffordshire Newsletter reported that a Stafford Knot had been left outside the city's Crown Court in the week leading up Armistice Day, made up of more than 100 knitted and crocheted poppies in striking red and black wool.

It is not yet known who was behind the tribute to the area's fallen soldiers - no doubt the guerrilla crafters will be identified before too long, though.

Why not take a look at some of our knitting patterns and see if you can come up with a charity fundraising drive over the coming months?

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