Chance to knit and have a yarn at Filwood Library


By Community Reporter Rianna Newman

Filwood Library is now playing host to a new knitting and crochet group on Tuesday afternoons fondly nicknamed Knitopia.

Knitopia gives Knowle West residents the chance to try their hand at the traditional pastime, and socialise at the same time.

The group has been set up by Nandia Evangelou (44) who says it is “for everybody that has an appetite for learning a new skill.”

She says the club will teach attendees to knit, double knit and crochet, and is suitable for all ages and abilities over the age of 18.

Local resident Maria Morgan (48) said of her first session: “It helps me get out of the house… I will be telling my friends to come along next time!”

Nandia eventually hopes to receive numbers of up to ten people and is looking to do an exhibition in the future to showcase the club’s efforts.

Although the group is free of charge, attendees are reminded to bring their own equipment. Nandia advises that yarn and needles can be found in charity shops, some supermarkets and knitting shops. Alternatively she will order materials online for group members.

Library Assistant, Anne Micciche says the library also has a communal knitting scarf, which residents are free to add to at their leisure.

“People can buy a cup of tea and sit and knit in a relaxed atmosphere, everyone is welcome,” Anne says.

Knitopia runs from 2 – 4pm every Tuesday in the library. For more information, contact Nandia on 0752 107 6587 or