Woman joins Blind Veteran UK's Knit a Tank Top challenge

107-year-old celebrates birthday by knitting

When most people talk about knitting a tank top they are referring to a type of pullover without sleeves, but for one East Lothian woman the term has a very different meaning. 

Morham resident Paula Young has chosen to take part in Blind Veterans UK's Knit a Tank Top challenge. 

The charity has decided to ask supporters of the not-for-profit organisation to knit a quilt big enough to cover a tank - and Paula is just one of those who have volunteered their skills to get the job done. 

Speaking in an interview with the East Lothian Courier, the 58-year-old explained that she was inspired to help by her late father who was a veteran himself. 

"My father had a lot of problems with his sight in later life and so was a big supporter of Blind Veterans UK - and now I am as well," she said. 

Paula is a very experienced knitter and has been enjoying doing it as a past-time for 30 years. 

She first took up the hobby as a cheaper way to make clothes for her family, but when she heard about the challenge for the charity she thought it would be a good way to put her skills to use. 

Each entrant has been asked to knit between one and 20 squares and every piece must be 20cm square with a 12 inch tail. 

Volunteers assigned by the charity will sew the different pieces together to make the finished article and this will be displayed at the Shoreham Air Show that takes place this August. 

The tank top will then be sent on to the knit-a-square charity who will make blankets for African orphans with it. 

If you want to get involved, you have to send your entry to Blind Veterans UK by the end of July. 

Alternatively, go to our website and download a free knitting pattern of a baby's blanket from designer Martin Storey. It uses Baby Merino Silk DK and is a machine-washable yet luxury yarn made up of merino superwash wool and tussah silk. 

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