It’s beginning to look a lot like Knitmas

Robert Gordon University (RGU) has been given an extra dash of festive cheer thanks to the hard work and creativity of one of its societies.

RGU Knitmas TreeThe Knit & Natter Group has completed a six-foot-high Christmas tree, made out of over 200 individually knitted and crocheted squares, which is now on display at the university’s Sir Ian Wood Building.

All of the tree’s decorations, including tinsel, were also knitted or crocheted.

The project began earlier in the summer, when members of the Group discussed creating a conventional ‘yarn bomb’, before hitting upon the idea of designing a Christmas tree.

Judith Moynagh, Associate Director of Content and Systems at the University Library, talked about how the tree came to be.

She said: “Everyone was enthusiastic about the idea and we discussed various possible designs for the tree – including flat ones or ones with branches.

“In the end, we decided on a cone shape and Dr Jenny McConnachie, subject leader for Mechanical Engineering, worked out the number of squares we would need and how it would all fit together.

“The Group worked on the tree for around 6 months and we couldn’t have done it without the help of people who helped supply wool, squares and decorations to help the tree come together, including Roberta the Angel.”

The Knit & Natter Group was established in 2014 by the Art and Heritage Collections, as part of the university’s ‘Fit for the Future’ initiative, which promotes health and wellbeing across the campus community.

The Group is currently made up of 25 students and members of staff from different areas across the university. They meet every Friday lunchtime to knit, crochet, craft and natter.

Judith Moynagh said: “It is surprising how some time away from your desk, knitting and chatting with like-minded people can be so therapeutic.

“We end up nattering about anything, including work, family, holidays, politics, telly, singing and more. Members of the group are also very willing to share their knowledge about knitting and crocheting and it is a great chance to pick up new ideas.

“You don’t need to be an expert crafter to join in – everyone is welcome.”

If you are interested in joining the Knit & Natter Group, come along and find them every Friday between 12-2pm in the Sir Ian Wood Building amphitheatre.

Release by Jonathon Milne
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