Knitting group helps with mental wellbeing

Knitting group helps with mental wellbeing

Portstewart lady Rebecca McLean pictured at Mullan’s Fashions on the Promenade in Portstewart, 'stock piling' knitting wool before the lockdown was introduced.

Damian Mullan


Damian Mullan


OLYMPIC medal winning diver Tom Daley is a big fan.

It has undisputed positive health benefits, both physical and mental.

And, now, more and more people are turning to knitting as a means of coping with the stresses of coronavirus.

Locally, the Portstewart based Knitwits group began with just six people but today boasts around 40 members, drawn from all parts of the country.

Prior to lockdown, the knitting enthusiasts met once a week in Portstewart Library but now they get together three times a week, thanks to social media.

As well as swapping yarns, the Knitwits use their creative talents to brighten the lives of others.

“The ladies, and occasional gentlemen, love the chat and  banter,” explained group member Gerardette Mullan.

*Full story in this week's Chronicle*

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