Close-knit Community at White Stuff Canterbury!
Would you like to join a close-knit community that spins great yarns (that will have you in stitches) and shares purls of wisdom every week?
The White Stuff fashion store in Whitefriars Street, Canterbury is on the look-out for new members to join its popular knitting group, which meets every Monday morning from 10am to 12pm.
The group, which ranges in age between 38 to 83, is run by Janet Hughes from Canterbury, who has taught knitting and crocheting most of her life. Janet says: “I learnt to knit when I was four. It was during the Second World War when my great granny taught me and I proudly knitted four scarves for the soldiers.
“Many of my projects are designed to raise money for charity. Recently I’ve been knitting ‘twiddler’ muffs for people with dementia and brain damaged children. They often have restless hands and like to have something to keep them occupied. The twiddlers provide a wonderful source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation whilst at the same time keeping hands snug and warm."
Also in the group is Barbara Lacey from Sturry. She says: “I’ve been knitting since I was a teenager. My latest challenge is a glittery jumper which I started just before Christmas. Knitting is very relaxing, keeps my mind active and stops me falling asleep in the evenings!”
Her views are echoed by Ann Potten from Blean who has downed needles at present while she recovers from a hand operation. “I’ve had to take a break from knitting, but I still like to come along to the group for a cuppa and a natter! The staff are very friendly and customers have commented on how welcoming it feels having the knitters there. I’m looking forward to finishing off a fuzzy knitted penguin that I’ve been working on, which I shall probably pass on to one of my grandchildren.”
Store Manager Anneliese Singfield says: “Some White Stuff stores have book clubs or tea societies. We thought it would be nice to have a knitting group which our oldest employer, Ivy Chandler, could participate in. Sadly, Ivy passed away last Autumn aged 87. Janet’s daughter worked in the store and, when she heard we needed someone to run the knitting group, Janet was happy to step in. It’s quite a family affair, with my seven-year-old daughter Lottie making the cakes every week!”
Beginners and old hands are welcome to come along to White Stuff’s Monday morning knitting group. Refreshments are free (donations welcomed for the store’s chosen charity, Catching Lives) and all members receive a White Stuff VIP card, which entitles them to a 15% discount off all full priced items.