Knitting clubs in the south’s pubs

PUB KNITTERS: SOCKS knitters in the Albert Hotel (from left) Celia Kay, Rosemary Latimer, Annette Pairman, Karen Catlow, Annette Gillings, Kim Felmeri with Stephen Belshaw behind the bar. PHOTO: John Maddrell JM120921 (61).

PUB KNITTERS: SOCKS knitters in the Albert Hotel (from left) Celia Kay, Rosemary Latimer, Annette Pairman, Karen Catlow, Annette Gillings, Kim Felmeri with Stephen Belshaw behind the bar. PHOTO: John Maddrell JM120921 (61).

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KNITTING in a pub might not be something you see everyday, but there are a couple of clubs meeting in the south.

Ruth Kirk, Gill Manning, Angela Campbell and Rosemary Latimer are the founders of SOCKS (Society of Crazy Knitters as Rosemary named it), which meets every Friday at the Albert Hotel in Port St Mary.

SOCKS is one of the two unofficial unisex clubs in the south – the other is Knit+ whose knitters meet at the Viking Hotel in Castletown once a month.

SOCKS originally met every Friday at a different member’s house, however it was hard for anyone new to find every house, and so they moved the meetings to the Albert. They would have lunch and afterwards they would knit.

Although the Albert no longer serves lunches, SOCKS still enjoys meeting at the pub.

In the past the club has knitted hats for soldiers and Fish and Chip jumpers for premature and newborn babies that have no, or little, clothing and are therefore wrapped in newspaper to keep them warm.

Knit+ meets once a month (apart from December) at the Viking.

Kim Felmeri, the organiser for Knit+, arranges for the meetings to be in the pub as it is ‘cheaper’ than renting a hall and a ‘nice change’ to be going to the pub to knit.

In addition, everyone knows where it is and it is open late, therefore it can start later to give parents or grandparents time to sort out their children before going out.

The event is completely social, some people go to make new friends and meet other knitphomaniacs, some go as it’s their favourite pastime and others may wish to start knitting. Everyone brings their own knitting needles and wool, though some members bring extra, which can be borrowed for those new to knitting and who haven’t yet got their own.

These clubs are informal and people can come and go as they please. Sometimes those who attend Knit+ join with members of SOCKS.

SOCKS starts – or should that be casts’ on – every Friday at 2pm and finishes (binds off) at 4.30pm. For more information contact Celia Kay on 834542.

Knit+ is on the fourth Wednesday each month at 7.30pm. For more details contact Kim Felmeri on 408776.

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