Sessions are being held at Gloucester Guildhall every Friday between 12-2pm and due to popular demand will continue past their original February end date. More casual knitters and crocheters can participate at home and drop off their items in the collection bins at the Guildhall. Every age and ability is welcome to join in and there are even small grants available to help those who’d like to set up knitting or crochet groups in the City.
Gloucester BiG Knit is gaining followers now and we want to reach as many people as possible.
BiG Knit will run throughout 2015 so people can drop their creations in to the Guildhall collection bin at any time, and there’ll be a final BiG Collection on October 1st, which is International Older People’s Day and ties in with Age UK Gloucestershire, one of our chosen charities.
Initially the Big Knit sought to attract older people but all ages love the sessions and the group now has a mix of age groups, genders and abilities. Items will go directly to local people in need, and knitters are reporting health benefits like reduction in stress levels and less arthritic pain.
A limited number of BiG Knit starter boxes are still available for anyone who’d like to join in and requests for a starter pack can be made on the BiG Knit Facebook page facebook.com/bigknitglos which has more info, tips and simple patterns.
Age UK Gloucestershire and Project Beacon – a charity that supports Gloucester’s homeless – will distribute knitted items directly to those in need as part of “Warm & Well Kits” later this year. The Pied Piper Appeal is BiG Knit’s other chosen charity but due to infection control cannot distribute items directly. Instead knitted creations will go on sale in their charity shop at Gloucester Royal Hospital and money raised will help sick and disabled children across the county.
Simple scarves, 6×6 inch squares, small blankets, hats or gloves/handwarmers are needed. BiG Knitters can choose which items they’d like to make and be as creative as they want to be!
If you’re part of a knitting or crochet club or would like to link in with the BiG Knit, share your stories with us at facebook.com/bigknitglos
You can also enquire about the BiG Knit by calling 01452 396396 and asking for Emily Jones or Isobel Edwards.