Oxford theatre attempts knitted scarf challenge

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A theatre in Oxford has come up with an ingenious and unique way to help it raise money for a series of local charities.

The Pegasus Theatre may be well versed in spinning yarns, but their new campaign to knit a 130-metre scarf will certainly stretch their talents.

Named the Double Our Money campaign, it is an exciting venture and one which the theatre wants the whole community to be a part of.

The Oxford Mail reports that people in the Oxfordshire area are being invited to take part and each knit their own 20 cm square pieces, which can later be joined together to make the finished scarf.

To help raise plenty of money everyone involved is asked to get sponsorship for every square they complete, encouraging people to dig deep and also to knit as many as possible.

Talking to the newspaper, community fundraiser Sasha East said: "The entire scarf will be unveiled, along with the amount raised, in 2014. After being ceremoniously wrapped around the theatre, it will be remade into articles for local charities.

"We are also asking for donations of needles and yarn at a drop-off point at the theatre, so that sponsored knitters can get started straight away."

This will allow beginner knitters to start practicing before they attempt their first squares.

The theatre is keen for the fundraising to be a fun activity and is hosting monthly knit-a-thon meetings where people can get together and share tips and creative advice.

Newcomers to knitting can also get a flavour for the craft and begin learning the basics, allowing them to knit one, purl one in no time.

The meetings will take place on the second Thursday of each month from 1pm to 3pm, with the next get together planned for June 13th.

Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings and anyone wanting to volunteer or donate yarn should get in touch with Pegasus Theatre.

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