These items were knitted by Linda Cornes Parker, who is part of a local group called ‘Knitting Friends in the Park’. The group was started by Krysia Kaczmarska. Not wanting the group to close when lockdown was introduced, Krysia began looking at ways to host the meetings virtually. Items such as this were made by members, in response to the numerous ways in which the public were showing support to the NHS and to their neighbours with signs such as ‘STAY HOME’, rainbows for the NHS and even putting teddy bears in windows.
Linda kindly donated three of her knitted objects to Stockport Museums. They are a fantastic addition to the collection because they represent social and leisure time, a community project which promotes support and wellbeing, and adaptability in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Watch the video to find out more about Knitting Friends in the Park, and how lockdown affected the group.