Invite to knitters’ event to aid babies

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Keen knitters are invited to a knitathon at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church on Saturday March 3.

They will be tasked to make jumpers and hats for so called ‘fish and chip babies’.

Patterns will be provided, but participants are requested to bring their own needles and yarn – not pastel colours as the garments are unlikely to be washed.

The garments produced are essential in parts of Africa where babies are often born with HIV to mothers who themselves have AIDS.

Sometimes the babies are taken home from hospital wrapped in newspaper – hence the name ‘fish and chip babies’.

Babies loose most of their body-heat through their heads, so the beanie hats produced by are essential, as are the jumpers, vests and blankets.

St Andrew’s knitathon participants will be concentrating on making beanie hats and jumpers which consist of identical front and back pieces with integral sleeves, so are quite easy to knit.

Tea and coffee will be available.

The marathon knitting session will take place in the church hall between 10am and 4pm.

For further information about the Knitathon please contact Mrs Kate Grant on 01723 361810.