‘The Knicky Knack Knitters’ meets every month and enjoy a tea or coffee and a natter as well as discussing what they are going to knit next.
The members all pay £1 when they attend and the money is used to buy materials to be used by the group.
The money has also been used for a speaker to attend. She spoke about her life – knitting for her own family and friends as well as some of the big stores. Her stories were really interesting and she also taught the group how to knit using your arms!
The knitting group was named after Seaham Colliery – locally known as the ‘Knack’ Coal Mine which was a huge part of the community in Seaham before it closed. The group decided immediately that they wanted to knit items that would benefit people in the community of Seaham.
We start by brain storming ideas – talking of what we want to knit and how we will do that. Patterns are used, but we often adapt the pattern to what we want to produce. Members then go away and start knitting. Finished items are brought along to the knitting meetings and when we have enough we will use net, attach the knitted items to the net and then just take the completed net to the location and secure it to posts.
As a group we do discuss things, listen to everyone’s ideas and then go with the most popular.
When the group first started we all agreed to knit for the community. We started by knitting squares which were sewn together to make blankets which were then donated to local care homes. This is an ongoing project. Next, we decided we wanted more of a challenge and sought permission from the Town Council and the Marina Management to see if they could decorate the marina with nautical knitted items over the summer.
Permission was granted and almost a year later the group decorated the marina with knitted items ranging from seaweed to mermaids. The reason for the display was to provide some light relief and hopefully raise a smile from anyone who saw it. The display was a huge success and everyone had huge smiles on their faces when they first saw it. It brought cheer to both residents and visitors to Seaham and remained out right through the summer. The display also raised the profile of Seaham and District U3A. People were really eager to learn more about the organisation and led to new members joining our group.
Next, the knitting group started to knit items for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal which helps under privileged children throughout the world.
They have also knit huge amounts of items which were donated to homeless people and victims of abuse, once again giving something back to the local community.
Our current project is to decorate the local railway station.
This was a request from the person who looks after the station – after seeing our knitted display at the marina they thought it would be a good idea to decorate the railway station and bring a smile to a few more people. When asked, the group agreed to start knitting!