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Bikers cast on for good yarn
MORE than 140 people turned up to the first World Wide Knit In Public Day held at a store in Helmsley.
Specialist craft shop Castle Stores held two events on Saturday to mark the largest knitter-run event in the world.
Started in 2005, it encourages those with an interest in the craft to go to a local knitting event to illustrate that what can often be a very solitary hobby can also be social.
About 40 people took part in knitting demonstrations and enjoyed tea and cake at the shop in Church Street, with more than 100 more coming along to watch and chat to those involved.
The group also producing knitted Yorkshire Puddings – of owner Christine Bentley’s own design – for a knitting challenge and recipe exchange due to take place as part of a big Yorkshire Day event on August 1, organised by local trade group Helmsley In Business.
Christine said: “We were delighted with the turn out.
“So many people got involved, either knitting or just socialising, from all walks of life. We even had some bikers come in from the nearby Motorcycle Action Group weekend being held at Duncombe Park – you can’t stereotype knitters.
“Every participant was given a china mug to say thanks for coming along and making the day such a success.”
Castle Stores has recently launched a knitting circle, Keep Calm And Cast On, which encourages people to go along, receive tuition and get help with their knitting projects, while enjoying a social evening at the same time.
To find out more about the knitting circle, phone Christine on 01439 770548, visit the shop in Church Street, or log on to facebook.com/castlestores