A new spin on leftover yarn

Volunteers who have helped knit items for Treacle Wool shop's Treacle Cares project handing over the items to local hospices and charities, including the People's Kitchen and the Cyrenians.
Volunteers who have helped knit items for Treacle Wool shop's Treacle Cares project handing over the items to local hospices and charities, including the People's Kitchen and the Cyrenians.

THESE colourful creations have been knitted by dozens of volunteers for a Morpeth shop’s charity project.

A few months ago, the owners of Treacle Wool Shop in Chantry Place were wondering what to do with an ever-growing amount of leftover yarn from commissions and shop samples.

Kym Hewison and Claire Lawson decided to put together packs, including patterns, so customers could knit items for local hospitals and regional charities.

And the support for Treacle Cares from customers and knitting groups has been overwhelming as it has received more than 175 items so far. These include fingerless mitts, gloves, scarves, baby hats, chemotherapy hats, beanies and blankets.

One of the Morpeth residents taking part is Rosemary Rees. She said: “I like to keep my hands busy and knitting is an excellent activity for the fingers.

“I wanted to do my bit because poorly children and their families shouldn’t have to think about clothes, hats and mitts when there are so many important things that they need to focus on.”

Susan Smith, who is part of a knitting group that meets every fortnight at Morpeth Library, added: “It’s a great feeling to put your craft to good use as these items are going to people less fortunate than ourselves.”

Members of Treacle Wool Shop’s Knit2gether group and Age UK Northumberland’s Knitting and Crochet group, which meets at The Roundhouse in Ashington, are among the others to get their needles clicking for the project.

Mrs Hewison said: “I have lots of ideas and you’re never sure how people will respond to them, but this one couldn’t have worked out better.

“The majority of people are kind-hearted and this project has shown that they want to make a contribution when there are good causes involved.

“We love that the basic idea is so simple. People collect a pack, knit whatever the item is then return it to us, and we hand it to the charity. What we ask them to make is based on what the charities told us.”

The charities being supported are The People’s Kitchen, The Cyrenians and St Oswald’s Hospice.

The Cyrenians’ Communications Officer, Marc Murray, said: “We can’t thank these people enough for their generosity. We take for granted simple things like a pair of gloves or clean socks, but for the people who we help they are luxury items.”

Treacle Cares is an on-going project and it is now appealing for men’s socks.

For more information about it and the Morpeth knitting groups, pop in to the shop or telephone 01670 504045. For more details about Age UK Northumberland’s Knitting and Crochet group, telephone Helen Neilson on 0845 1400088.