The Knitting Nannas group has raised thousands of pounds for charity with their thousands of colourful creations over the past 13 years.
Meeting at Pontypridd Library every Thursday morning, the group enjoy their favourite pastime in the company of their friends, while at the same time enjoying a chat and a cuppa.
The Knitting Nannas make blankets, toys, knitted poppies and daffodils and pyjama cases – with all the monies raised going to charity. The group also produce Trauma Teddies, which they kindly donate to the emergency services.
The Trauma Teddies, which come in all different sizes and colours, are presented to children in need of comfort, when they have suffered a traumatic experience, such as bereavement or being victims or witnesses of a crime.
Using only new wool at all times, they also knit yellow wellington boots in aid of the RNLI and these are filled with goodies, with all proceeds going to the charity.
Councillor Rhys Lewis, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Well-being and Cultural Services, said: “I have had the great pleasure of visiting the Knitting Nannas and enjoyed their company and warm hospitality.
“They all have an amazing talent, and one they put to great use by raising thousands of pounds for so many great causes. I was delighted to meet the ladies and thank them in person for all that they do each week.”
The Knitting Nannas group, which also make ‘Twiddle Muffs’ for people with dementia, was set up in 2006, bringing together like-minded people, with ages ranging from their 20s and into their 80s, who all share the love of knitting.
With members from the County Borough, surrounding valleys and also the district of Cardiff, the group is as busy as ever, with everyone enjoying their favourite pastime while at the same time raising money for worthy causes.
Among the charities they support are Marie Curie, the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and the Council’s own Santa Appeal.
The Knitting Nannas also hold charity coffee mornings throughout the year, raising thousand pounds for charities such as Mountain Rescue and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Another great supporter of the Council’s Santa Appeal is Michele Lewis, who has donated a handmade double blanket, with a Welsh Heritage pattern, which is to be auctioned off to the highest bidder in aid of the 2019 Santa Appeal.
Keeping up the family tradition, Michele has been knitting since the age of 11, having been taught the skill by her grandmother, and she in turn was taught by her own grandmother.
Made to the highest standard, the blanket is a work of art. It took six months to make and contains over £80-worth of wool.
- The Knitting Nannas Group meets at Pontypridd Library every Thursday between 9am and 12.30pm. New members of all ages are always welcome to come along – all you need do is bring your knitting needles along!
Posted on 17/10/2019