NTU students swap books for knitting needles at Global Week

Leah Johnson, Year Two BA (Hons) Fashion Management student organised a Knitting for Refugees stall during Global Week along with fellow students.

Leah Johnson, Year Two BA (Hons) Fashion Management student organised a Knitting for Refugees stall during Global Week along with fellow students Katie Edmundson (BA Hons Graphic Design), Amy Grace (BA Hons Primary Education), and Ehinomen Ekhuemelo (LLM Intellectual Property Law).

Leah, who is President of the Knitting Society at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), told us why she wanted to get involved with Global Week: “The reason I decided to volunteer was because I thought it would be a really good chance to get others (non-members) involved in a knitting event.

“Global Week encourages lots of different people from different nationalities to get involved in different events, and we wanted to be a part of it. We want to get as much clothing made for refugees as possible. Also the refugee crisis is a global problem, so I felt it all fitted in really well with Global Week.”

She added: “Knitting for Refugees was simply a relaxed event in which we encourage as many people as possible to knit something for a refugee. If you're more advanced at knitting then there are patterns for hats and mittens, but for those that have little or no experience we encouraged the knitting of squares to make into a blanket.”

Katie Edmundson also commented: “I really enjoyed Knitting for Refugees at Global Week. It was great to be surrounded by music, food and people from all over the world. It was a lovely atmosphere and our stall generated a lot of interest with people wanting to know more about the cause and how they could get involved outside of Global Week. Overall, a really happy and enjoyable experience!”

For those of you who don’t already know, the NTU Knitting Society is a talented and friendly community of knitters and crocheters, and anyone is welcome to join whether you are new to the craft or just wanting to share your own knitting tips. They meet every Monday from 6 pm – 8 pm at pubs and cafes across Nottingham, and also host fun socials, workshops and charity events throughout the year.

If you are interested in joining, visit their web page to find out more.

NTU students swap books for knitting needles at Global Week

Published on 13 March 2017
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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