The cast of(f) the Knit Wits

The Priory Knit Wits.
The Priory Knit Wits.

A group of big-hearted locals from the Whithorn area calling themselves the ‘Priory Knit Wits’ have been knitting and crocheting for over four years for a host of good causes at home and abroad.

All their hard work is donated to charity and the ladies – and gents – have achieved a huge amount for a wide variety of projects. They recently made 75 blankets and 24 hats for Whithorn Community Emergency Resources. Twelve pairs of bedsocks were given to residents at the West View Residential Care Home in Monreith and 150 hats are currently on their way to the needy in Kenya.

During the last four years the knitters have made over 150 items for the neo-natal maternity unit at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, hundreds of scarves and gloves for the Fisherman’s Mission, knitted items for Children in Distress both at home and abroad. They recently sent three dozen tiny blankets to an Irish still born charity and have even made ‘chux tux’ for rescued battery hens.

The Knit Wits also make up vests and hats for the so-called ‘fish and chip’ babies in Africa (where very poor mothers would otherwise take their new born babies home wrapped in newspaper), and support fellow knitter Ethel Brolls’ Romanian Orphans Knitting Appeal.