A community needs to knit together

Knitters unite: Sheila Jordan (left) and Deirdre Southey (from the #KnittedTogether2 project

KILKENNY County Council’s Arts Office has launched the Knitted Together 2 project and is calling for people throughout Kilkenny to join in the community project. Knitted Together 2 aims to foster community spirit and connection across the county, to mitigate against the effects of social isolation throughout the pandemic, whilst creating some beautiful handmade blankets to donate to local charities.
Knitters and crocheters of all abilities are invited to participate. If you are a crochet-whizz, knitting master or complete novice everyone can get involved by logging on to www.kilkennyartsoffice.ie to register today. As part of the 2021 project Kilkenny Arts Office has organised a schedule of tutorials with textile artists, Jacqui Kelleher and online get-togethers with artist Carrie Lynam for anyone who wants to chat or to learn from other makers.
The successful 2020 Knitted Together project saw over 180 groups and individuals create 75 of beautiful knitted and crocheted blankets for charities. In the same spirit, this year’s blankets will be donated to Kilkenny based charities and charity shops to help supplement their fundraising which has been affected by the Pandemic.
Kilkenny Arts Office Mary Butler said: “We received thousands of knitted and crocheted squares in 2020 and we were just blown away by the level of engagement and quality of the work in the project. This year we have added some interactive online tutorials and get-togethers to further connect with our knitters.
“We want to promote a sense of community in Kilkenny and encourage people from every walk of life to pick up their knitting needles or crochet hooks and join in the fun.”
Those who wish to participate can register online on www.kilkennyartsoffice.ie, call 056 7794938 or email Bernadette Roberts, at the Arts Office on bernadette.roberts@kilkennycoco.ie.

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