Busy time for Newbridge's Knit and Stitchers

Getting in the Hallowe'en mood

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Busy time for Newbridge's Knit and Stitchers

The members of the group

Youngsters using the children’s area at Newbridge library have been enjoying some Halloween magic of the spooky but soft variety, thanks to the members of the library-based Newbridge Knit and Stitch group.

The group produced a variety of knitted pumpkins, ghosts, witches and other items including a skeleton and a ‘book of spells’, to decorate the library and help entertain children attending storytime sessions and other Halloween events.

Meanwhile, the Knit and Stitch group is continuing its involvement in a variety of other projects, including the making of specially sized blankets and hats for premature babies and ‘Feilechain’ blankets which form part of the ‘memory boxes’ for parents who sadly lose their children to still-birth.

One of the group's creations

In recent months, the group members have also been making bright patchwork ‘bravery blankets’ for children undergoing cancer treatment. The current focus is on producing a range of goods including hats, scarves, bags and stuffed toys for the annual Team Hope shoebox appeal on behalf of children in war-torn areas of the world.

The group also took part in the successful 2018 Newbridge yarn bomb.

Along with occasional kind donations of wool from members of the public, the Knit and Stitch group this year benefitted for the first time from a Kildare County Council grant, enabling the purchase of additional wool and other materials.

Book and cat

Coupled with growing membership, this invaluable assistance has allowed the group to expand its range of activities.

The group is also grateful to the staff of Newbridge Library for their weekly warm welcome to members and the interest shown in the work being carried out.

The group meets at the library from 10.30am to 12.30pm each Thursday morning and new participants are always welcome.