Garden knitters have boredom covered

July 28 2020

Park View knitters Marion Watts, Ann Moreton, Brenda Cryer, Margaret Watts, Angela Weyman, Elaine Russell, Thelma Headford, Shirley Rudge and Iris Ellaway

Park View knitters Marion Watts, Ann Moreton, Brenda Cryer, Margaret Watts, Angela Weyman, Elaine Russell, Thelma Headford, Shirley Rudge and Iris Ellaway

WHEN lockdown cut residents of Park View Court in Staple Hill off from the rest of the world, they needed something to do to help beat the boredom.
Stuck at home without visits from outside, nine residents of the sheltered flats in Albert Road, near Page Park, started knitting to keep themselves occupied and create something useful at the same time.
Taking advantage of the good weather during lockdown to sit outside, between them they have knitted more than 30 baby blankets, which will go to good causes.
Hundreds of hours of work have gone into creating the blankets: each knitter makes brightly-coloured squares of 20 stitches by 20 stitches, which are stitched together to make baby blankets.
So far the knitters have made 34 blankets and have also branched out into knitting hats.
Park View Court resident Marion Watts said: "We couldn't go out and no one could come in and see us. We got fed up with twiddling our fingers – we wanted something to do."
Fellow resident Elaine Russell said: "A lot of these ladies said they hadn't knitted for years and years. People who thought they couldn't use their hands and fingers have seen them come back to life."
Because visits to yarn shops weren't possible during the lockdown the knitters have relied on friends and relatives to order wool for them or donate it.
Many of the blankets are due to be included in Christmas parcels for families in need in Gloucestershire, but the knitters will have more available for other good causes.
Elaine said: "It was no good doing them unless we had somewhere for them to go – it would be a shame for them to go to waste."
Charities or groups who can find a use for some blankets – and anyone who has spare wool to donate – can contact the knitters via the Voice, at news@downendvoice.co.uk