Arran charity scarf project is a good yarn

Steve Sparshott of Bay Wool and Crafts shows off one of the scarves that has been produced by volunteers.

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The Arran charity scarf project has really taken off with the help of a number of volunteers and supporters.

The charitable initiative, launched by the Bay Wool and Craft store in Whiting Bay, is raising funds for the Arran Mountain Rescue Team and the Arran RNLI,  and has the additional benefit of producing brightly-coloured scarves which will be donated to a homeless charity.

Launched with the help of Arran MP Patricia Gibson, the project involves visitors knitting a few rows on a scarf while enjoying refreshments and the company of other knitters in return for a small donation.


Having started the fundraising initiative at the end of April, the combined efforts of the volunteers has already seen the completion of one six-foot scarf and another one is in the final stages of completion.

The brainchild of Shiskine artist Susie Thompson, the aim is to see how many scarves they can knit and crochet before the ShopArran weekend in November.

Well-known spinner and weaver Rory Rutherford, who spins and dyes his own wool on Arran, has also contributed to the project with the donation of a scarf of his own.

In addition to this donation, Ann and John Stephenson, a couple from Huddersfield, got in touch and asked if they could knit and donate some scarves after reading about the project in the Banner. Proprietors Kat and Steve Sparshott graciously accepted their offer but were overwhelmed when the couple stopped by the shop recently with a donation of 18 scarves and a generous monetary donation for the cause.


Kat Sparshott said: ‘There has been great interest in the scarves: visitors have seen it in the Banner and popped in specifically to knit a few rows and have a wee chat, and we have one or two ladies that pop in regularly to add a section if they have time and are passing.

‘We are incredibly grateful for all the support that we have received for these very worthy causes. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far and for all those who still plan on visiting and knitting a few rows.’

Ann and John Stephenson of Huddersfield delivered 18 scarves to the cause after reading about the initiative in the Arran Banner.