Knitting fever has gripped St Cronan’s Association over the last few weeks as they are supporting a group of knitters from Clare and Inismore who are attempting to break the world record for the largest knitted blanket.
The group from the west called for help from the public on RTE’s Afternoon Show a few weeks ago. Staff at St Cronan’s heard the call and asked the people who use their supports in Nenagh, Roscrea and Birr if they would be interested in putting their skills to good use to help break the record.
People were asked to knit a 6 inch square of any stitch in any colour. St Cronan’s Association has contributed a total of 110 brightly coloured knitted squares to the project.
Dr Kathleen McLoughlin, CEO explains “As part of the day services we offer at St Cronan’s, many people choose to learn new skills such as knitting and crochet. Getting involved in the World Record breaking attempt has created a great buzz around the centres and people who have never tried knitting before have got involved – even the staff have contributed a few squares!” Sisters Colette and Margaret Ryan knitted many beautiful squares. Both were motivated to get involved as the squares are for a good cause – the Red Cross. Colette said ‘I enjoyed knitting the squares and like that the big blanket will be broken into little blanket to help others.’
Margaret, who had been knitting since she was a child talked about the benefits of knitting ‘it’s is great, it helps me relax’. For more information about the world record breaking attempt check out the Largest Knitted Blanket Record Breaking Attempt on Facebook. It’s not too late for you to get involved – if you are interested, drop in your squares to St Cronan’s Association, Grange, Roscrea and we can send them onto the Clare group for you.