Love of knitting celebrated

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Purler of a day... Gore Spinners and Weavers Group members enjoy their knitting and each others company during World-wide Knit in Public Day at the Thomas Green Public House and Dining Room on Satur day. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

People taking part in one of the world’s fastest growing hobbies gathered to celebrate their craft on Saturday.

Gore Spinners and Weavers Group members celebrated World Wide Knit in Public Day with two sessions at Table Talk Cafe and the Thomas Green Public House and Dining Room.

Group president Isabel Walker said every year all around the world, June 12 was the day knitting was celebrated.

“It’s just a fun way of getting our knitting out there showing people its not just grandmothers who knit,” Mrs Walker said.

“They tell me since Covid the fastest growing hobby or interest for people is knitting or crochet or some kind of handcraft.”

The group had been celebrating the day for the past 10 years.

“It’s quite a fun thing to do.”

Mrs Walker was the oldest of 10 children and learned to knit when she was young.

“I can remember taking my knitting needles to school for the teacher to teach us when I was 6.

“I love doing it and its my go-to hobby.”

Once when she was selling her knitwear at a market, a United States woman confessed to her she was a knitter who had come out of the closet.

“I thought to myself I’m lucky I never had to go in a closet.

“I have just kept on knitting all my life.”