Natty knitters go international

Morpeth's Knitterati group who meet in the library and have made 140 baby sweaters and beanie hats for children in Malawi.
Morpeth's Knitterati group who meet in the library and have made 140 baby sweaters and beanie hats for children in Malawi.
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WOOLLY winter warmers are on their way to needy newborns across the globe thanks to Morpeth knitters.

The Knitterati group, based at Morpeth Library, has been busy with babywear in recent months as members made 140 sweaters and beanie hats to send to Africa.

The knitwear will be given to babies in Malawi, which has a temperate climate and cool nights. Mothers often give birth to underweight babies due to poverty and medical problems, such as HIV, and it can be a challenge keeping them warm.

Knitterati co-ordinator Louise Freeman said: “Knitters are often very keen on making baby clothes as they are quick and satisfying to complete.

“In this case our work will also be going to an area of the world which is in great need in order to help vulnerable babies.

“The ladies in the group have really enjoyed this worthwhile project as it combined fun knitting with helping others.”

The project has now ended and no further sweaters can be accepted.

To fill the gap the group has turned its attention to Christmas preparations, crocheting snowflakes for display in the library.

It follows the success of the knitted Father Christmas and reindeer last year.

Members meet in the teen area of the Gas House Lane facility every Wednesday, from 10.30am to noon.

Any knitters and crocheters are welcome to join and can take their own work along, or contribute to group projects.

Various activities take place in the library throughout the year. For more information, visit www.mylibrary.co.uk