Aunty Social bring their unique twist on traditional craft to their knitting group, Knittaz With Attitude. They welcome members of all ages and abilities. You may have seen their unusual knitted creations adorning the lamp posts in St John’s Square over the Summer, as part of the international street art festival; Sand, Sea and Spray. You could have also have been lucky enough to have seen the pair of knitted reindeer that were commissioned by the Winter Gardens for the Christmas season. The Knittaz are keen to inspire a new generation of knitters and crocheters with these ‘yarnbombing’ projects. I caught up with three generations of one family, at the latest KWA session to find out more….
My name is Nic and I’m 34. I got the chance to move to Cleveleys in 2011 to be closer to family and live near the beach.
I have always liked Cleveleys because everyone is so friendly and cheerful. In November 2012, I joined Blackpool Roller Coasters roller derby team and two of my team mates (Blu and Catherine) introduced me to KWA through Facebook by inviting me to the next meet-up. I was very interested in joining because I have recently taken up knitting again after my son Max expressed an interest in learning. I also thought it would be a great chance for us to do an activity together as a family. I was taught to knit by my Grandma as a little girl and can knit a scarf but not much else but I am eager to learn from the experienced ladies at Knittaz. There is wonderful age range at Knittaz and I love that three generations can all enjoy a common goal in crafts. The first time we went to Knittaz we were made very welcome by everyone and felt comfortable straight away – the food is pretty tasty too! At the moment I am knitting squares for the next yarn bombing project after taking part in the Reindeer display for the Winter Gardens over Christmas.
Elaine (Nic’s mother-in-law):- I have worked for the NHS for the last 10 years and am about to retire at the end of this month. Crafting will be a big part of my life and I hope to improve my skills in sewing. I got a great impression from Knittaz and think they are very good and extremely helpful. My level of knitting is very good. I am currently working on two knitted loop jackets aged 2-5 years. The best thing about going to Knittaz is the company and friendship.
Max (Nic’s son):- My name is Max and I’m 10. I really like knitting and I was very excited to go with my Mum and Nan.
I like that Knittaz are really creative and have lots of interesting ideas and fun projects to take part in. We have been twice now and I am very proud to have been made the Chief Pom Pom Maker and I will be making apple pom poms for the trees in the new window display we are doing. Everyone is very friendly and have made me feel really welcome and I really like the cakes. I would recommend to anyone that likes knitting to join Knittaz With Attitude.
KWA are currently working on a Culture Shops projects to transform one of the empty shop spaces on Central Drive with their brightly coloured displays. This piece should be ready to view from the end of March. The group are also planning bigger and better things for Sand, Sea, Spray 2013. They meet on the first Monday of every month (subject to Bank Holidays) at Claremont Park Community Centre, from 6pm – 8pm(ish). It’s £3.50 per session and this includes buffet food, tea and cake. Please check the KWA Facebook page for more information on the group, how to get involved and updates on current projects.