Ninety and nine year-olds in joint knitting project

Published: 13 May 2013 07:00

Nine-year-olds and ninety-year-olds are putting their heads together to share lifelong crafting skills in a new project.

'Stitch Through Time', run by the Kirkton Service, day opportunities for older people, is aiding older people to teach local school children the art of knitting.

The project is a positive way to provide a structure and sense of purpose to the older people's week, and provides a unique social outlet for older and younger generations to mix.

Along with being a therapeutic activity, a 'Stitch Through Time' values the skills of older people and enables youngsters to see the merits of their own work.

86-year-old, service user Maureen Petrie, who has been teaching the children how to knit said:

"I'm enjoying every moment of it. The children are so keen to learn, are enthusiastic and a joy to teach."

Carlibar Primary 7 pupil, Amy Grey, aged 10, said:

"I liked the older ladies helping us. It was my first time trying knitting and it was really good."

Ten-year-old Peter McCandlish, also in Primary 7, said: "I enjoyed learning a lot about history and World War 2."

Through the intergenerational links that have been made with this project, the Kirkton Service is planning to arrange future opportunities for old and young to socialise and share experiences and skills such as texting and using a mobile phone.

Those involved want to thank the local people and businesses who have boosted the project by donating wool, patterns, knitting needles and money. A Stitch In Time has been so overwhelmed with donations the project has shared wool with Madras Nursery, Uplawmoor Primary and Voluntary Action to support their knitting projects.

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