Knitters get clicking for good causes

KNITTERS can get their needles clicking for good causes thanks to a Morpeth shop’s new project.

Treacle Wool Shop in Chantry Place has already built up community links with its Knit2gether events and now it is supporting charities and a hospital with Treacle Cares.

People can make items such as hats and mitts for those in need by going to the store to collect a pack, which includes the yarn and a pattern, then return the finished items.

They are being sent to The People’s Kitchen, The Cyrenians, St Oswald’s Hospice and the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Co-owners Kym Hewison and Claire Lawson said: “We always have a ‘stash’ of yarn leftover from commissions, samples, donations etc, and wanted this stock to be put to good use. We contacted the charities and the RVI to see what they actually needed rather than us telling them what they could have.

“One of our customers, Stephanie Butland, has taken Treacle Cares under her wing and together with her wealth of contacts in the knitting world, got the project off the ground really quickly.

“It is now taking off at great speed and we are already receiving knitted mitts for the homeless and hats for chemotherapy patients from knitting groups and individuals.

“We are really excited about the project and love that Treacle is actually making a difference, no matter how small, to people’s lives.”

Knitters can also download patterns from www.treaclewoolshop.co.uk to use their own yarn stash.