Delicate work for Suffolk knitters

THEY were certainly unusual garments to knit - and a little delicate to get to grips with.

THEY were certainly unusual garments to knit - and a little delicate to get to grips with.

Their arrival was also a surprise to radio presenter Stephen Foster who didn't realise his joke about the winter chilliness would provoke such a response.

But it was a challenge a group of Felixstowe knitters could not resist - even though they had no patterns to work from, no measurements, and only the vaguest idea of what such a piece of clothing might look like.

It's difficult to describe in a family newspaper exactly the nature of the garments, but they do help keep even the most intimate parts of the body as warm as toast.

Mr Foster, known as Foz, one of Radio Suffolk's most popular presenters and an Evening Star music columnist, was talking to members of the Stitching Corner knitting group on air about their fundraising activities when the subject was raised.

“I happened to mention that someone had promised to knit me a warmer a few months ago and nothing had materialised,” he said.

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“The group didn't say anything on air but obviously took that little idea to heart because not long afterwards I got a whole week's worth - one for every day - all beautifully knitted!

“I think I must have missed out on the fitting and measuring though.

“It was really lovely of them and very kind.”

The items were knitted by the knitters who meet at the Stitching Corner shop in Beach Station Road, Felixstowe, on alternate Thursday evenings and Saturdays to knit together.

Gina Miles, who owns the shop with her husband Keith, said: “We couldn't really resist it when Foz said he had been expecting them and they had never turned up.

“We decided to have a go and knitted one each - all of them a bit different - so he could have one for every day of the week.

“It was a bit of a laugh really and there were lots of jokes going round the group about how they decided how to knit them.”

The group, whose ages range from 20 to 70 years, have raised nearly £1,000 for charity this year - £88 for Cancer Research by knitting 16 beany hats for cancer patients, and £816 for Great Ormond Street, too, from a Knit-a-thon.

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