A NEW club for fans of knitting has been launched in Glenrothes.
The Glenrothes Knit Club held its first meeting in the town’s Christ Kirk last Tuesday evening.
The group has been set up by local woman Jayne Murphy for those who, like her, enjoy knitting or for those who are keen to learn.
Jayne explained: “I decided to set it up because there’s not really anything in Glenrothes for knitting and I’m quite a keen knitter.
“There are clubs in other towns, but not everyone wants to travel.
“I sell Avon door to door and I’d been speaking to people and talking about my love of knitting and there being nothing in the town.
“They said ‘why not set one up?’, so I went and did it.”
The keen knitter started the hobby when she was about eight years old.
She told the ‘Gazette’: “When you are young you just knit little things, then I didn’t knit much until I left home.
“I have done it on and off over the years, and now I have always got something on a needle.”
The new weekly group is open to people of all abilities and ages.
“Everyone’s welcome, whether you can knit or crochet or if you want to learn to knit or crochet,” said Jayne, who is also a member of a group in Kirkcaldy.
“If you can’t knit we’ll teach you, or if you knit a bit and want to learn more we’ll teach you or if you can knit and just want company while you knit then come along and join us.
“I’ve created some free starter kits to start people off.
“It’s a great way to share knowledge and skills with others, as well as meeting new people.
“Our youngest member of the group is 12 and the oldest is 80.
“It’s wonderful to have such an age range and for older members to be able to share their wealth of knowledge with someone so young.
“For a lot of things, like which size of needle to use for a particular yarn for example, you could find the answers in a magazine or on the internet, but sometimes it’s just nice to speak to someone and mull things over together.”
Jayne also runs a knitting group at Collydean Primary School for children in primary four to seven.
Glenrothes Knit Club meets on a Tuesday evening in Christ’s Kirk, Pitcoudie Avenue, Glenrothes from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Weekly cost is £5 which includes refreshments. For more information contact Jayne Murphy on 07722 388124 or visit the group’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/Glenrothes-Knit-Club.