The Northumberland County Council has banned the Knit 'n' Natter group from meeting weekly at the library to work on charitable projects such as knitting clothes for premature or sick infants.
Knitted gifts can bring warmth, comfort, and smiles. So it made sense when the United Kingdom’s Northumberland County Council asked the Knit 'n' Natter group to begin meeting weekly at the Cramlington library. In 3 years, Knit 'n' Natter has knitted thousands of items for charity.
But since the library moved, the council banned the 20 to 30 knitters who work on projects such as clothes for premature or sick infants; teddy bears for children involved in traumatic emergencies like fires and novelty characters for hospitalized children.
While the official statement is that there’s not enough room in the new location, it seems the council has given other reasons too. , According to one of Knit 'n' Natter’s founding member’s, Margaret Derrick, “We've been told knitting needles are dangerous instruments and against health and safety policy. We've also been told that it's because we are too noisy.”
Wayne Daley, Conservative councilor of Cramlington North, calls it “a shocking decision” and wants the council to find another meeting location since Knit 'n' Natter cannot pay for one.
Derrick said, “Everything we knit goes out to help someone somewhere. It's just so sad.”