Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday dear Knitting Friends
Happy Birthday to you!
The Knitting friends were 4 years old on Friday 28th August and celebrated in style with a fantastic cake made by Linda.
Yes, all of it is edible apart from the knitting needles and ribbon trim! And I can vouch for its deliciousness personally :)
It’s now traditional for the birthday to be marked by a ‘bring and share’ lunch in the pavilion. The table was laden with a variety of appetising treats from tasty trout to a beautifully arranged fruit platter. I meant to photograph the spread but got sidetracked – focussed a little too much on eating and forgot!
As for entertainment:- this was the usual mix of scintillating conversation interspersed with rather dodgy jokes, and an unexpected cabaret turn from an pesky wasp which persisted in dive-bombing onto our heads and weaving in and out of the light fittings, until a few deft flicks of pampas grass sent it out of the door. Needless to say, the conversation then turned to the feasibility and design of knitted door screens! Not a bad idea :) And I can recommend using pampas grass as a wasp swishing tool.
The knitters are slowly adding decorative touches to the pavilion and making it look quite homely.
The latest accoutrement is a set of vases – an ingenious design that wouldn’t look out of place in a trendy store somewhere. And, it hasn’t cost more than a few beans. The cans have been recycled, the yarn is from our donated stash (beautifully knitted up by Sheila) and the dried teasels are from the park and would have been thrown away if we hadn’t nabbed them. Nothing is wasted!
The Knitting Friends’ main aim is to raise funds for park improvements (apart from knitting and chatting on a regular basis, of course) and to date have raised nearly £2000. Some of this has been spent in previous years on a bench and obelisks and a third project is still at the planning stage but will hopefully happen soon.
But, the group does not restrict itself solely to park related activities. In an earlier post I wrote about the WI yarn bombing in the park to which the Knitted Friends contributed. They have also knitted squares for the Freedom from Fistula big knit challenge, hats and cardis for victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, teddies and toys for local charities, blankets for baby charities, twiddlemuffs for dementia sufferers, plus several sheeps-worth of garments for family and friends, some of which have even ended up in New Zealand. A regular monthly collection of food, clothing and knitted stuff is made for the Wellspring Centre in Stockport, which supports homeless and disadvantaged people.
It’s a pretty busy group!
Newcomers and visitors are always welcome – whether to knit or chat, or just to poke a head around the door to see what all the laughter is about.
On a personal note, I would like to thank all the Knitting Friends for coming along each week, or as often as other commitments/health/interests allow, for supporting the activities of the group and most of all for making it all such great fun. And thank you for the lovely and most unexpected birthday celebration gift :)