Lochaber Rotary’s Christmas ‘Knitivity’ project taking shape

Fabrication under way at Macpherson's Welding and Engineering Services. NO F41 Knitivity 02

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Lochaber Rotary’s ambitious community Christmas project, ‘Knitivity’, is taking shape.

The fabrication of the 13 feet high Christmas tree from steel tube is well in hand at Macpherson’s Welding and  Engineering Services in Fort William.

The tree will be on display in Fort William from the beginning of December when the frame will be covered by hand-knitted or crocheted items.

Fabrication under way at Macpherson's Welding and Engineering Services. NO F41 Knitivity 01
Fabrication under way at Macpherson’s Welding and Engineering Services.
NO F41 Knitivity 01

Organiser Sheana Frasertold the Lochaber Times: ‘We are delighted to have offers of
help from knitters across Lochaber. If you can knit or crochet, please get in touch as we have yarn which may be used so there is no need to buy any.

‘All items will need to be finished by the end of November and we will let you know nearer the time where to send them.’

Along with every other organisation, Lochaber Rotary has had to change direction in the lead up to Christmas.

The Rotary Christmas Festival and Craft Fair, which takes place in the town towards the end of November, has become a popular event in recent years with bustling crowds the norm.

However, with the current coronavirus restrictions, it became clear that managing activities such as Santa’s Grotto, queuing, cash handling and movement around the town’s Nevis Centre would prove close to impossible and so the idea of ‘Knitivity’ was born.

People  can be involved in several ways; either by knitting or crocheting, by donating yarn or donating money to let Lochaber Rotary purchase yarn.

Chunky or double knitting yarns give quick results and Lochaber Rotary is asking people to choose bright colours.

It wants items which will provide warmth such as hats, scarves, wrist warmers, etc. These will be donated to homeless charities after Christmas.

Lochaber Rotary is also looking for hand-made ‘twiddle muffs’ for donation to Alzheimer Scotland and local care homes.

Twiddle muffs are knitted muffs with items attached such as buttons, ribbons and the like to keep dementia patients’ hands active and busy and are a source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation.

Yeoman Yarns, Woolyknit, Hobbycraft and Togs in Caol have donated yarn for the project so if anyone needs yarn, please get in touch.

Woolwarehouse, an online supplier, is also offering a 10 per cent discount on orders submitted with a designated code.

If you need more information then please contact either Sheana Fraser
07796 687921 or Jenny Cooper 07880 958698.

Rotary President Richard Baxter added: ‘This project is off to a good start. The surface area of the tree will be around 500 square feet so we may need 1,000 items!’