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Arran MP Patricia Gibson joined knitters in April this year at the launch of the Arran Charity Scarf initiative.

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With just weeks to go to the official end of the Arran Charity Scarf Knit, organisers are appealing to knitters to help add to their tally of 25 scarves which they will be donating to the homeless charity Seascape Ayr.

Organised by a group of knitters who meet every Wednesday for Knit & Blether sessions at the Bay Wool and Crafts store in Whiting Bay, the fundraising initiative involves knitters and crocheters contributing to knitting scarves and making a small charitable contribution of £1 while enjoying tea, coffee and company. The initiative has already raised hundreds of pounds for the RNLI and the Arran Mountain Rescue Team.

Katharine Sparshott of Bay Wool and Crafts said: ‘We’d love to be able to get to over £500 and to finish the two knitted scarves and two crochet scarves that are currently being worked on, so there’s still opportunities to take part! Do please pop into the shop any time we’re open and make a valuable contribution. It will also be possible to make a direct donation to Seascape, as we have a donation tin in the shop.’

The group plan on linking up the scarves through Whiting Bay on Saturday November 30 -during the Shop Arran weekend – to see how far they reach, and they are hoping that a representative from Seascape Ayr will be able to join them, to take delivery of the scarves.

Seascape Ayr cover South and East Ayrshire and they provide support for people who find themselves homeless owing to a number of reasons which can include mental health and addiction issues, financial problems, relationship breakdowns and people who are escaping from violent relationships.

Meanwhile, Bay Wool and Crafts will be celebrating their first anniversary on Saturday November 9, with a small revamp to the haberdashery section so that they can fit lots of new lines in, and they are also hoping to unveil an exciting new addition to the wool section.  Experiments on that are still ongoing, so folk will have to visit on 9th to find out what it is!  Soft drinks and nibbles will be provided.


Arran MP Patricia Gibson joined knitters in April this year at the launch of the Arran Charity Scarf initiative. 01_B18scarf01