Care home residents benefit from capital knitting project

Residents at an Edinburgh care home are to be the first to receive specially made knee blankets from the city’s newest knitting group.

Marionville Court Care Home will be visited by members of the Anything Goes Knitting Group, who will gift them with 12 knee blankets, 12 shawls and a bed jacket. A single bed-sized throw will also be raffled off.

The circle of knitters, all aged 50 and over, is part of the Edinburgh Ageing Well Project, held in partnership with NHS Lothian, Edinburgh Leisure and Pilmeny Development Project, aiming to promote good health and social wellbeing in later life.

Having just celebrated their first anniversary, the group consists of 14 participants, who last year knitted 700 colourful squares to cover trees in Leith Links for Cool Wool, a strand of Leith Festival.

The blankets and shawls the group have knitted are made from these squares, which have been recycled and reused.

Councillor Paul Edie, health leader for the City of Edinburgh Council, who own the care home, said: “It’s great that Anything Goes has decided to recycle the squares which were such a hit at the Leith Festival.

“I’m sure the residents at Marionville will love their colourful designs and I would like to than all the knitters for spending so much time putting together these lovely blankets and shawls.”

A member of Anything Goes added: “It’s lovely to knit for the residents of Marionville Court. I really feel this has involved me in the local community as well as keeping my hands busy and out of the biscuit tin and most of this lovely knitting has been made from recycled wool.”

Other organisations to benefit from the groups efforts will be Early Years Nursery in Leith, who will receive cot blankets, pram blankets, hats, jackets, scarves and gloves, the Seafield Dog & Cat Home, who will be given blankets and the New Restalrig Church Christmas Shoe Box Appeal to whom Anything Goes will give hats, scarves, knitted toys and pencil cases.

 

Sourced from STV Local, 8th March 2012.