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KTOG, Baldock

How did the group get started?

Founder member Rhona Liddle started knitting and fancied attending a group. There wasn't one in the area at all, so she decided to start one in her hometown of Baldock and, in October 2006, KTOG was born. Three years on we're a growing group of all ages and levels.

From the Christmas Tree Festival to KIP day, KTOG are involved in all sorts of local events.

Whatsortofthingsdoyouknit? We knit everything from clothes for ourselves and our children to accessories. Most of us crochet too, so we do both at the group. We're currently knitting bunting forthe club so we'll have our own when we do events, such as Knitting in Public Day. We also make Christmas decorations forthe local Christmas Tree Festival, when various companies and clubs decorate their own tree and the public can come and see them. There are about 50 trees on displayfor three days. We knit and crochet flowers for the Flower Festival as well.

Do you knit for any charities? We knit hats for Innocent smoothies every year, and members knit for their own chosen charities too.

What's a typical meeting like? Wegrabourcuppasand come upstairs to our little haven. Sometimes there's cake, sometimes there's even cider or sherry and we have been known to share a chilled bottleof cava. (We got about an Inch each!) There's always a lotoftalkinggoingon and sometimes someoflt's about knitting! Rhona brings along magazines and books to help and inspire, arid she brings her ¡Rod and speakers so we have music to knit by.

What are your plans for the future? We'd like to contribute more to charities and hospices so we're finding out how bestto dothat We'd like to goto more knitting events, too, and get more people to join KTOG. Rhona would like to get more Involved In promoting knitting as therapy.

What advice would you give to anyone wantingto start a club?

Don't be afra Id. Al I it takes is one person and a few moments to promote your idea, Rhona started with the UK Hand Knitting Association website, then sites that advertise local events. Once the details are there, people start getting in contact and then you know how much interest there is and you can sort a venue. Whenyou're up and running ask members what they want to see or hear about at the group. The most important things are to have refreshments, letthegroupfind Its own vibe (respect people'sprivacyiftheydon'twanttotalk about themselves), and never make people feel that coming along Is compulsory.

BE OUR CLUB OF THE MONTH!

Send us a photo and you could be our dub of the monthI To make sure you lookyour best in print, take lots of photos so you can send us your favourite and rest the camera on a box or table to cut out any wobble. Send us the photo straight off the camera, and you're done!

KTOG meet at the Community Centre, Simpson Drive, Baldock, every other Thursday, 7-9pm. Visit www.ktog.co.uk, email [email protected] or ring the centre on 01462 894109 for the date of the next meeting.

BE OUR CLUB OF THE MONTH!

Send us a photo and you could be our dub of the monthI To make sure you lookyour best in print, take lots of photos so you can send us your favourite and rest the camera on a box or table to cut out any wobble. Send us the photo straight off the camera, and you're done!

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