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Local Knit and Natter group moves into new home at Middlesex

Fashion textile students hope to learn traditional techniques from the community group

Knit and natterA community knitting group has been given a temporary new home at Middlesex University while their permanent home, Hendon library, is undergoing refurbishment.

The group of ladies, who have been 'knitting and nattering' together for 10 years, were welcomed onto campus by fashion textile students who are keen to learn about traditional knitting and crocheting techniques from their new guests.

Fashion lecturer Anthony Campbell said: “At Middlesex we want to do all we can to be part of our local Hendon community, so we’re delighted to be able to offer the knitters a space.

"It is so important to support groups like this as they help to reduce isolation and encourage a creative exchange of ideas between the generations.”

The group was originally set up by Age UK who approached Middlesex University to ask for a temporary home and it will now meet on campus every Thursday – treading the same corridors as Middlesex University fashion graduates Richard Gray, Mark Fast, Thom Murphy and Julian Seaman.

Jackie Lai, a Mill Hill resident and Knit and Natter group leader, said it was "wonderful" to have found a temporary home at Middlesex.

"I love knitting and if the group isn’t on for any reason I’m lost," she added. "There are so many lonely people out there and something like this can be a lifeline. People want someone to talk to, and they don’t have to knit, they can bring anything they want along to the group.”

Jackie, who believes groups like Knit and Natter have a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing, has founded a similar group at a local doctor’s surgery in Mill Hill.

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