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by Alexia Johnston

Talented knitters are sharing their skills and knowledge weekly in Geraldine.

Mary Furness Weir, who spins and dyes wool, and Vanessa Harper, a designer of woollen garments, launched the group to get like-minded knitters together in South Canterbury.

The aim was to share ideas, inspire each other and create a social environment.

Mrs Furness Weir and Mrs Harper first met at a retreat in Dunedin two years ago.

“[Mary] was selling her yarn there. I walked past and she was talking to a customer and I heard her say ‘Geraldine’,” Mrs Harper said.

Being from Geraldine, Mrs Harper approached her telling her she wanted someone to knit with.

They started to meet and eventually, as word spread, more keen knitters joined the group now named Geraldine Cafe Knitters.

Members come from Timaru, Pleasant Point, Geraldine and Mayfield.

The group meets each Friday morning, usually at The Running Duck, in Geraldine from 10am to noon, and the first Tuesday of each month at Country Cafe, at Four Peaks Plaza, from 7pm to 9pm.

“It’s quite nice to meet at a cafe. We’ve just started once a month in the evenings. It’s better for people that have a job during the day and [want to take part] in the night time,” Mrs Furness Weir said.

Their projects are varied, from socks and shawls to cardigans and blankets, among much more.

Fellow member Marg Hall said the group had provided her with ideas and had improved her skills.

Anyone interested in being part of the group can join the Facebook group Geraldine Cafe Knitters to find out more.