Knitters Anonymous

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The current group 'Knitters Anonymous' has grown out of the original group of knitters in the Alton branch of the Mothers Union making small knitted items for the charity Bliss — babies born too small too soon. As there is no longer an Alton Mothers Union branch (those few members left having become Diocesan members, meeting once a month for a Communion Service in St Lawrence church), the knitters brief has widened. While continuing to knit for Bliss the knitters also started supporting the Winchester Night Shelter and the local Women's Refuge (hats, scarves, gloves, jumpers etc).

Then with so many appeals after tragedies, both here and around the world, some of the ladies also started to make these hats, scarves, jumpers for various refugee groups. They responded to a request to make small knitted toys to go to Honduras and also to make knitted squares to be made in to knee blankets and larger bed covers for the local Care Homes. Others knitters heard of the group and began to leave, not only beautifully made knitted items but donated wool to be used by the group. We have had so many generous donations of all sorts of wools that I now am so grateful to have a space in the church shed to keep our stock! Recently some of the knitters have launched into making Fiddlemuffs, for dementia patients — and guess who has the job of embellishing them with all the fiddly things!! (Fiddly attachments gratefully received!)

So you see — the group is like Topsy and thanks to everyone's generosity and enthusiasm it has grown.
Thank you to everyone, knitters both known and unknown, and for all the generous donations of completed garments and bags of donated wool. We could not do what we do without your support. For any more information please contact Kate, 83514

Do you have any free time, can you help?
We have become aware that two local groups are in danger of closing due to lack of volunteers.
The local press recently carried an appeal for support for the Open Sight group for visually impaired people, meeting on the third Monday of the month in the Alton Scout Den (please contact Graham de Neiderhausen 01420 82378
We also understand that the Arthritis Care Group, meeting on the last Monday of the month at Alton Maltings is also looking for volunteer support (Contact the Maltings 01420 81950)
Both of these groups offer so much support, advice and friendship to their members. Please consider volunteering some of your time to ensure that both groups can continue in achieving their aims

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