FESTIVE decorations at a public library have taken on a decidedly different pattern this year – after a women’s group came up with a “purl” of an idea on how to spruce it up.
Book lovers visiting Cramlington Library in Northumberland have been casting admiring glances at its 7ft-high Christmas tree – which is made of wool and has been knitted from top to bottom.
The colourful creation is the result of several months of painstaking work by members of the Knit ‘n’ Natter group of women, who meet in the Forum Way building every week.
The tree is made up of knitted triangles in various shades of green and using different types of wool.
It comes complete with knitted decorations, tinsel, festive gifts and even tree lights and a plug fashioned by the needle skills of the 25-strong group.
The tree has been the talk of the place since it went up and the women who created it have been bombarded with compliments for their work.
The ladies came up with the idea during the summer and set out to design the best way to fashion a fully-knitted tree and festive accessories. They get together to knit every week at the library and mostly do work for the Northumberland and North Tyneside Health Trust.
Group member Margaret Derrick, who was involved in the project from the start, said work began soon after the idea was mooted, and the ladies had quite a task on their hands to get it finished and in place in time for Christmas.
She said: “We thought it would be a nice idea to knit a Christmas tree for the library where we meet. We have all worked on the tree and some local residents, who are unable to get to our weekly meetings, also knitted at home.
“We’ve received some great comments from the customers and it is heart warming to see the look on the children’s faces as they explore the tree and the knitted presents underneath.
“One visually impaired customer came into the library with his wife and she led him straight over to the tree. He had a wonderful time seeing the tree through touch.”
Mark Annis, team librarian at Cramlington library, said: “It was a purl of an idea by the ladies to knit the tree. The group have put a great amount of thought and effort into it, and the result is very striking.”