Pine needles – knitting for Christmas!

December 12th 2018

Pictured left to right, are some of the team: Mavis, lady hiding is shy Sandra, Doris, Barbara, Mary and Jean.

A group of 12 residents have worked since September to create a stunning 9ft knitted Christmas tree outside Heald Farm Court, Torus retirement living scheme in Newton, to bring festive joy to visitors and other residents.

Nikki Wilkinson, Extra Care Health & Wellbeing Officer, said, “The guerrilla knitting project really brought everyone in the community together.”

The tree which has taken four months to make, includes over 400 hand-knitted leaves, plus beautiful hand knitted decorations.

Knitter, Sandra, said, “It really was a group effort, we had a few nervous moments and worried it would not work, but we had great support from the staff, including our handyperson, Ste, who made the frame and the Torus Greenspace team who installed the tree.”

The impressive tree is getting lots of positive comments from everyone who sees it, with a lot of people surprised to find out that it is knitted. The group are already planning their next ‘top secret’ project for Easter, so we are looking forward to seeing that.

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