We recently visited Krafty Needles based in Stockport.

Sam Jones, one of our longest standing Ambassadors and Director of TunaFish Media recently went on a visit to Krafty Needles as part of our regular visits to groups we’ve funded with other Ambassadors and Forever Manchester staff. Here’s a few words from Sam after the visit…

Since getting involved with Forever Manchester a couple of years ago I’ve been very fortunate to have the opportunity to visit a number of community groups.

So far I’ve seen first-hand just how varied and different the community groups can be; I’ve visited Fix-It Community Garage, Fir Tree Fishery and Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club but I don’t think even an amateur boxing club run and coached by firefighters could have prepared me for my morning at Krafty Needles Knitting Club.

Krafty Needles is a community group that serves a dual purpose; firstly it is a weekly knitting group where members of the local community can meet up, socialise and feel a part of something whilst simultaneously learning and improving their knitting skills. Secondly, the knitted garments created by the group are used to further enrich the local community by providing quilts and blankets for the homeless and providing clothes for premature babies at the local neo-natal unit.

I wouldn’t say that in the past, knitting was something I have ever thought a great deal about, so as I made my way over to Stockport with some of my fellow Ambassadors, I was quite open minded and didn’t know what to expect.

As we arrived the group was already in full swing with around twenty women of varying ages all knitting in groups. To begin we were shown items that Krafty Needles had produced in the past and listened as the group leader, Cindy told us about the outreach work that the group does in the local community through producing a variety of garments and clothing for a range of people in need.

After that it was time to get involved and I found out first hand that the ladies of Krafty Needles take their hobby very seriously. Now, I’ve never knitted before. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever even thought about knitting before, so to say that I took to the task quickly and with natural ability would be a massive overstatement. It would in fact be a barefaced life.

Knitting is a lot harder than it looks and it is fair to say the group members do not suffer fools lightly and were not shy at voicing their disapproval of my handiwork. Thankfully, their knitting skills are a lot better than mine and Krafty Needles is a fantastic group that supports their local community in a plethora of different ways. I really enjoyed the couple of hours I was there and am really thankful to the group for inviting us.