Knitting group makes hats for premature babies

The group knits different items for hospitals that ask for them. Photograph: Kim Irvine

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A knitting group in Kinlochleven has made 152 hats for premature babies and is hard at work on more.

The Kinlochleven Knit and Natter Group was set up last year by keen village knitters and has 20 people who now regularly attend.

They are encouraging more people to come along to learn knitting, crocheting, have some cake, just have a chat and even work on a ‘secret project’ for later in the year.

The group knitted 52 premature baby hats sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow, 50 more have recently been delivered to the Raigmore in Inverness, and the group are just about to send another 50 to a hospital in Paisley.

As the Belford Hospital in Fort William does not look after premature babies, 15 bigger hats were sent to them, and four blankets were made for the Abbeyfield Care Home in Ballachulish. The group is now working on baby canula arm covers.

Set up in the summer of 2019, the group is open to people of all abilities with the experienced knitters and crocheters more than happy to share their skills.

Kim Irvine joined the group in the second week and has been going ever since.

‘A few of the ladies thought it would be a good idea to get everyone together, a sign was put up encouraging people to come along and we have grown in numbers ever since.

‘There is a project we are currently working on for later in the year that we want to keep as a surprise for the village.

‘If you don’t want to knit or crochet, you can still come along and have a chat, cup of tea and a slice of cake. There is always lovely cake available.’

The group meets every Wednesday from 2 to 4pm at the Church of Scotland hall in Kinlochleven and are looking to set up an evening session for those who are busy during the day.