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Spinning a yarn for shoppers

Knitting in public: Lorna Trevethan, Katy Jefferies, Jan Rice and Karen Catlow

Knitting in public: Lorna Trevethan, Katy Jefferies, Jan Rice and Karen Catlow

Shoppers in Douglas were treated to a display of al fresco knitting recently when members of the Manx Yarnies knitting group joined forces to wield knitting needles in Regent Street.

The venture was part of a world wide event - Knit in Public Day - to promote the skill and engage with the public.

Manx Yarnies founder Katie Jefferies said: ‘We had a steady core of about eight or 10 people with numerous others coming and going.’

Knitters worked on a variety of projects from socks and shawls to a baby blanket. Some people were working on Christmas presents. Also taking part were people crocheting and someone with a spinning wheel.

‘Lots of people were smiling, pointing or chatting and asking questions and we even had a group of Norwegian tourists from the cruise ship coming and taking photographs,’ she said.

‘We wanted to dispel the image that it is only old grannies who knit, I’m 31 and our members range from teenagers to more mature people.’

The group has been going for around 18 months and how has just under 200 members, meeting once or twice a month, usually in Douglas but occasionally in other parts of the island. More details can be found on the Manx Yarnies from their page on the social media web site Facebook. During the summer they hope to take a tram trip up the mountain to knit on top of Snaefell.

 

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