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Pub knitting groups cotton on in Ipswich

CHEERS: Lee Mackenzie and the pub knitters, who meet at The Ulster Hotel every fortnight.
CHEERS: Lee Mackenzie and the pub knitters, who meet at The Ulster Hotel every fortnight. Peter Chapman

THE classically dubbed "stitch and bitch" movement has unravelled its way around the world and found its place in Ipswich.

While a pub is the last place you'd expect to find a knitting group, it's a new trend Ipswich ladies have cottoned on to with several knitting circles popping up about the city.

Lee Mackenzie founded one group - the pub knitters - in October which meets every fortnight at The Ulster to spin a yarn and maybe enjoy a glass of wine or two.

"There's no rules or formalities," Mrs Mackenzie said.

"I'd been reading about pub knitting over a couple of years when we decided we thought it would be a fun thing to do here in Ipswich. The pub is mutual ground and people can come and go as they please.

"The atmosphere at The Ulster is conducive to sitting around and having a chat and doing a little bit of craft. People can have a glass of wine if they wish."

Coming into winter, knitters and crochet enthusiasts were busy making scarfs, baby wear and throw blankets, jumpers, vest and tea cosies. But the group was not just for knitting nanas. Mrs Mackenzie said people of all ages were welcome to join.

"There has been a lot of knits in stores over the past few seasons, so it's become quite popular with the younger ones," she said.

"You don't need to knit or crochet to come along. If someone wants to learn we will show them."

The Ipswich pub knitters group meet tomorrow night at The Ulster at 25 Brisbane St, Ipswich, from 7-9pm.

Topics:  knitting




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