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Knitting Christmas cheer for the community in Fen Ditton

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Teamwork on Ditton Lane. Picture: Mike Scialom
Teamwork on Ditton Lane. Picture: Mike Scialom

Unannounced, the crafty knitters appeared in the village early in the morning to adorn the trees with a variety of multi-coloured handmade delights.

The Renegade Crochet Club of Fen Ditton is the Banksy of the local arty knitters, and usually prefer to operate by stealth, but they hadn’t figured on the dog walking community being quite so alert on a cold December Monday morning.

“We usually put the designs up at night to surprise people, but this year everyone was busy,” said one of the crew, which included locals Miranda Rose, Clare Harvey and Julia Hochbach.

“There’s seven of us in the club,” adds Miranda. “We’ve been going two years. The first year none of us could crochet, it took us a year to learn.

“We managed one in the first year, then last year we did all the lampposts and one big tree. It helps bring Christmas cheer to the village.”

The big project this year was the silhouette of the manger.

“We started on the silhouette at the end of August. There’s seven of us: usually we meet up at someone’s house, but this year we couldn’t do that, so we had to do it in sections.”

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