ADEDICATED group of knitters ended up in stitches while they were taking part in a world record attempt.
The Ripping Yarns group, which is based at Paisley Central Library, is helping to make a massive blanket for the Alzheimer Scotland charity.
And it’s hoped that it will end up big enough to wrap round Inverary Castle!
So far, the knitting Buddies have contributed more than 3,000 squares, each measuring 10cms x 10cms, which will later be stitched together to make metre-square blankets.
And there has been no slacking as the group has knitted an incredible 18 MILLION stitches in the process.
Group leader Donna Munro said she is proud of everyone who has picked up a pair of knitting needles to join in the world record bid.
She told the Paisley Daily Express: “The response has been overwhelming but it doesn’t really surprise me because the people of Paisley have always had a lot of heart.
“We got involved through an internet knitting forum and we have an average of 30 ladies taking part.
“They have been clicking away to their heart’s content!”
Donna also revealed how the Paisley group has had some ‘outside’ help.
She explained: “The Laugh ‘n’ Craft group, the Malatso Knitting Group, the Langcraigs Court Crafters, residents of Montrose Care Home and people from Renfrewshire libraries have all been taking part. It has been a real team effort.”
Alzheimer Scotland is attempting to make the world’s largest hand-knitted blanket and hope to knit a 710 square-metre work of art, made up of 71,000 squares to represent the number of people in Scotland with dementia.
And Donna is using the world record attempt to take ‘revenge’ on her mum, Jessie Clark.
She said: “Mum is responsible for getting me into knitting when I was young, so I made sure she didn’t get off scot-free.
“She has been knitting round the clock and has come up with loads of squares. She has also done a lot of the ‘sewing up’, which is time consuming.
“This is the group’s second charity involvement. We knitted a panel for the Skye Bridge cover in the Year of Homecoming.”
Paisley Central Library now resembles a ‘back court’, with 112 clothes pegs holding up dozens of knitted squares.
Donna, who works as a library assistant, laughed: “People might think the library is in such a poor state that we’re taking in people’s washing to make ends meet!
“On a serious note, a huge thank-you must go to everyone who has taken part and helped to raise awareness for this great organisation.
“The library staff have been amazing. They have organised event days and have provided expertise, wool and needles for those who want to be involved.”
Fiona Gordon, from Alzheimer Scotland, said: “I want to thank everyone who has helped to produce the squares that will form our world record attempt.
“It is great to see local people getting behind this national effort to raise awareness of dementia.
The world record attempt will come to a climax at Inveraray Castle on Saturday, June 23, when the blanket will be wrapped around the entire structure.
lThe next meeting of the Ripping Yarns group will take place at Paisley Central Library on Friday, May 4, starting at 11am.
lThe Malatso knitting group meets in Malatso Café, 50 High Street, Paisley, every Tuesday evening.
lThere are more than 2,600 people in Renfrewshire with some form of dementia. For more information about the services and support provided by Alzheimer Scotland, call the charity’s Paisley office on 0141 887 4902.