Margaret 'Mags' Campbell runs the Segdoune Knit 'n' Natter group in the library of Kilwinning in North Ayrshire, Scotland. She used to work in the library but after suffering two strokes she knitted non-stop to help her recovery, for various charities. The library was the perfect place to set up a group and get together with fellow knitters.
"I had long wanted to belong to a knitting group, and one day I was saying to the senior librarian assistant in Kilwinning library that ‘knit n natter’ groups were springing up in libraries in Ayrshire. She said to me, 'You do it!' And within a few weeks our little group started with barely half a dozen folks."
18 months later the group has regular 10 members, and they focus on making items for various charities – blankets for Project Linus, hats for Seafarers, and knitted poppies.
The group also held a craft event in the library in November, in aid of North Ayrshire Cancer Care – they were delighted to raise over £460!
They're now planning an Easter event, and are busy with more charity knits including dressing dolls for people with dementia in their local nursing home. "I visited a dementia day centre – The Bungalow – with the dolls and it was amazing how something so simple as knitting could have such an impact!
"Our latest project was making ‘twiddle muffs’ for dementia sufferers," Mags explains. "We were pleased to see the muffs had been very well received, and local hospital and nursing homes felt they were extremely useful." If you're interested in knitting twiddle muffs, you can find more details here.
"I would urge anyone who enjoys like-minded company to join an existing local group," says Mags, "or if none exist, start your own little group. It’s a great way to meet new friends."
"The biggest benefit is to spend a couple of hours chatting with like-minded knitters and to learn new ideas, techniques, sharing our projects and where we buy our wool."
The Segdoune group meets in Kilwinning Library every Monday from 2-4pm, and if you're nearby they love to welcome all knitters old and new. If you'd like more details contact Mags at firstname.lastname@example.org