A CARING group of women are knitting together to raise money for a good cause.

Members of Neilston Knit and Natter have been busy creating hand-made hats, scarves and even Christmas tree decorations which will be sold over three days, in aid of Accord Hospice.

Margaret Allan, one of those who are taking part in the fundraising initiative, told the Barrhead News: “The sparks are flying from our knitting needles.

“We’ve all been knitting away merrily. We have Christmas tree decorations, hats, scarves, blankets, baby clothes and lots more.

“We try to do one or two charity sales a year and are always well supported by the community.”

Previously, the group raised funds for the Neilston and Uplawmoor First Responders but, this time, decided to support the Paisley-based hospice, which provides palliative and end-of-life care to people in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire.

The hand-knitted items will be on sale at Neilston Library today, Friday and Saturday, from 9.30am until 1pm and from 2pm until 4pm.

Margaret, 63, added: “The Christmas decorations some of the ladies have made are absolutely beautiful, they’re really good at what they do.

“I’ve just started a nativity set but I’m not sure I’ll have it finished in time for the sale, as it’s very small and fiddly.”

The group is also on the lookout for new members, with meetings held at the library every Wednesday, from 11am until 1pm, with everyone welcome to go along, regardless of their level of experience when it comes to knitting.

“Some weeks there is more nattering than knitting but we all have such a laugh,” said Margaret. “And, if you’re knitting and using your hands, you’re less likely to snack on the biscuits.

“We are open to all ages and abilities. We don’t expect master knitters – if you don’t know how to do something, one of the girls will soon show you how.

“Our needles are going to burst into flames soon from how much we have been knitting but we thoroughly enjoy it and can’t wait for the sale.”