Lancaster wool expert Mr Mutton helps children knit for homeless

Brendan Mutton, Lancaster online wool shop owner, teaching a boy how to start a new row
Brendan Mutton, Lancaster online wool shop owner, teaching a boy how to start a new row

A wool shop owner called Mr Mutton has been teaching children how to knit for a good cause.

Lancaster man Brendan Mutton helped kids create a blanket to raise money for homeless people.

Mr Mutton, founder of Cosywool online wool business, went to Bowerham Kids Club to give the children a knitting lesson.

He gave the group of 20 children, aged eight to 11, needles and a ball of chunky wool to get them started.

Each child will now knit a square to be sewn into a large blanket. This will be donated, along with sponsorship money, to Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service.

Brendan, 25, said: “I’m a Lancaster lad and it’s been great to give something back to a local charity.

“The children really got behind the cause and were eager to help.

“I’m passionate about knitting so it’s been wonderful to pass this on and teach these young children a new skill.”

Brendan started CosyWool after struggling to think of a Christmas gift for his girlfriend Sophie three years ago.

He decided to make her a woolly scarf, following a ‘How to Knit’ guide on the internet, because he’d never picked upneedles before in his life.

While buying the wool online for the pink and blue scarf, website developer Brendan was surprised at how poor the experience was .

While researching he discovered he had a passion for knitting and started CosyWool from his parents’ kitchen table. He now supplies wool all over the world from Harper’s Mill at White Cross, appropriately an old textile mill.

Suzannah Keeves, manager of Bowerham Kids Club, said “There were a few dropped stitches, knots and tangles but the children really enjoyed themselves and soon got the hang of it”.

The homeless action service, based on Edward Street in Lancaster, helps get homeless people off the street and into housing, employment or volunteering, and also gives them food, a hot shower and laundry facilities. To support the sponsored knit go to www.justgiving.com/Cosywool-Sponsored-Knit.