Knitting For Others Sorry cancelled today, resumes July 22
15th July 2019
13:45- 15:30
Members of the Knitting For Others group, which meets in Barry Church hall on Monday afternoons from 1.45 to 3.30 pm, are about to embark on a new challenge. In addition to regularly producing knitted goods for dispatch to Malawi, Rwanda, Kenya and Haiti among other overseas countries, the members are now putting their knitting skills to work in response to a Church of Scotland Guild project supporting the Sailor's Society and they would like to enlist the help of other keen knitters in the local community. Each year more and more volunteers are needed to knit thousands of woolly hats and other items for seafarers who endure hazardous storms and icy weather. Through the Sailor's Society, an international network of port chaplains and ship visitors give out hats to seafarers visiting port, while others are wrapped and included in Christmas welfare parcels that are taken on board ship for the festive season. The need for more hats is ever-increasing! One port chaplain in Invergordon, has been known to give out 500 in a day on occasion! For a seafarer who has been away from home for months on end, a hat is a simple but priceless and much needed gift. It tells them that they have not been forgotten and that someone cares about them. We rely on the 1.5million seafarers around the world who transport over 90% of the world trade by sea. The gift of a woolly hat is a great practical way to give a gift back. Other knitted items given to seafarers are neck warmers, balaclavas and fingerless mittens. Patterns for all these are available from the Knitting For Others group on Monday afternoons. For more information, telephone 07599 182418.


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