Knit and Natter Production Line!
The Knit and Natter group at St Bride’s has been keeping those needles clicking. Our aim, other than having fun, coffee and cake, is to knit baby garments for a hospital in South Africa. The new mothers, who are cared for at the hospital, come with nothing for their newborn babies and our knitted jumpers and hats are given out to help them. One of our members takes the garments out twice a year, and returns with an empty suitcase. This January we managed to fill her outgoing case with around 100 baby jumpers and matching hats, which was a great achievement for our small group. We must also thank another generous lady who has knitted from home and joined with us to provide these much needed items.
Our other project has been to knit hats for the Mission to Seafarers. Many of the seafarers are unable to leave their vessels for many months, and the warm, homely hats are given out to them. Our other hats recently were donated to the Glasgow Street Pastors. The Street Pastors go out, onto the streets of Glasgow centre and the West End on Friday and Saturday nights. They offer assistance, help defuse situations, talk to people and are a helpful presence out at night. As part of their work they make contact with many homeless people on the streets, and our hats are offered to individuals who would like one. We actually don’t know the number of hats we gave to the Street Pastors recently, but they filled a large hold-all! Our thanks go especially to June, our “Hat-knitting Queen”.
If anyone would like to join us, we meet at St Bride’s, around the kitchen table, on Thursday mornings from 11.00 am. If anyone would like to donate wool, we use double knitting (acrylic please) and would be happy to accept any left-over balls from any projects. If you would like to learn to knit, we love to show wannabe knitters the ropes, so please do come along – and bring a friend! 🙂
Elaine Bruff, February 2017
A letter of thanks to the Knit and Natter group:
14th November 2015
To the Knitters of St Bride’s.
Sylvia has kindly delivered all your “works of love” to me. We on the Orphaned and Vulnerable Childrens’ Committee thank you so much for your kindness and labours of love.
The baby clothes are delivered to the Maternity units of various public hospitals, where social workers distribute the garments to the most needy.
We are grateful that these acts of charity find homes in South Africa.
God bless you all
St Martins in the Veld.