Staff Craft Group

Thursday 1230-1330, Senior Common Room, Queen’s Building

We are an informal group of like-minded knitters and crocheters of all abilities and from all walks of university life. This wellbeing activity provides an opportunity to meet other crafty colleagues, share tips and get advice. You can bring your own project or contribute to our charity knitting projects (see below). For more information email Jen Creaser (j.creaser@exeter.ac.uk) or drop-in to the next session.

"Human beings have always enjoyed making things together, in groups.  Such group activities play many roles in our lives – they provide us with a safe space to be in with other people who are like us; they bring us companionship, and facilitate the sharing of problems and concerns in a non-judgmental atmosphere; and they allow us to take part in the making of something that can be of value to others.  Each of these benefits – being in a safe space, sharing and caring for each other, and altruistic activities, are known to improve health and wellbeing.”  

— Professor Paul Dieppe, Professor of Health and Wellbeing, University of Exeter.

Current charity knitting project

We support a range of charity knitting projects - perfect if you fancy something new, want to support the community, or forget to bring your own project in.  We are currently supporting the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by making Twiddlemuffs - hand warmers with buttons and beads attached - for patients with dementia. All materials, yarn, needles and hooks are provided.

Past events and news

In November 2017 we held a week long “knitathon" to knit cupcakes for the Northcott Theatre's Dick Knittington campaign for the Christmas Panto of Dick Whittington. Altogether the theatre received over 1300 knitted and crocheted cupcakes from groups across Devon.  As a thank you to all knitters Northcott Theatre teamed up with housing providers DCH and Home-Start Exeter and East Devon to offer 500 free pantomime tickets to families who would not be in a financial position to come to the theatre at Christmas.