Petrofac knit one, purl one for charity

The Petrofac Purlers
The Petrofac Purlers

A group of colleagues from Montrose Petrofac have taken up the craft of knitting to produce garments for premature babies and under privileged children.

The circle of knitting workers who call themselves the Petrofac Purlers, began to learn the art of knitting in March with the help of experienced knitters who coached them during their lunch breaks.

Karen Ryan dubbed the ‘knitting matron’, who writes the Petrofac Purlers’ online newsletter and orchestrates the woolly projects said: “ We rely on donations of wool of all colours from kind folk in Montrose.

“We try to work on a budget of zero although the girls do sometimes pick up really special yarns at charity shops.”

One admirer of the group’s endeavours who wished to remain nameless said: “They are working so hard to knit these tiny clothes, I tried to learn with them but I was useless, all I can do is find balls of wool for the cause.”

The group are knitting for a variety of charities but have recently completed three big boxes of premature baby clothes for the Ninewells Special Care Nursery Unit in Dundee.

The ladies have been knitting hats, baby grows, jumpers, blankets and mittens with their new addictive hobby.

The Purlers recently embarked on a mission to knit remembrance poppies for the Poppy Appeal.

They achieved a total of 171 poppies, most of which were sold before they were completed.

Their new assignment is to produce festive hats and scarves to go into Christmas food hampers for under privileged children in Angus and they are keen to repeat their efforts for the Special Care Units in Dundee and Aberdeen Hospitals.

If you would like to help the group with donations of wool you can find them on their Facebook page as the Petrofac Purlers.