One year on – knitting group goes from strength to strength

By Community Reporter Kerrie Nichols

Members of the Fiwood Knitting group which is celebrating its first anniversary.

A knitting group which started at Filwood Library last January with only a handful of people is now going from strength to strength.

Health Improvement Advisor for Public Health Bristol, Claire McNeil, who runs the group, explains: “We now have a group of regular knitters who come together for a knit and natter every Wednesday.

“We share knitting and crochet skills as well as patterns and useful tips…”

The group isn’t just about the knitting – but a place where people can come for support and advice and form strong friendships.

Evelyn Orti (36) from Knowle West has been attending for a year bringing 22-month-old daughter Lianater – and was a complete novice when she started.

She says: “I have learnt to knit from coming here – my very first stitch was here. I’m a mum, I work and I’m a student, so I come to relax and de-stress.”

Local resident June Mitchell (85) says: “I come along to help teach because I can knit and I thought I’d put myself to some use and help people…”

The group caters for all levels – with wool and needles provided. It meets every Wednesday, 1-3pm at Filwood Library. Just drop in or contact Claire on 0787 681 4604 if you would like a chat first.