A wartime knitting pattern buried in a box of charity shop donations has led to a stylish creation in Norfolk.
The design, for a pair of men’s socks, was discovered by volunteer Lesley Barrett during one of her days helping at the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) store in Plumstead Road, Norwich.
It was typed on a single piece of paper and dated 12th February 1945.
By a stroke of fortune, Lesley has a keen interest as a knitter herself and took it to her ‘knit and natter’ group in Thorpe St Andrew.
Friend Janet Bunce, a well-respected member of the group known for her excellent skills, then took on the challenge of knitting the socks and bringing the design to life.
“I was so pleased but stunned to find the pattern,” said Lesley.
“It was loose amid a box of donations and clearly a very fragile piece of paper.
“I couldn’t believe it and the date caught my eye immediately because it was my mother’s birthday.
“It was clearly legible and, as a knitter myself, I couldn’t wait to share it with my friends at the group.
“One of them was keen to create the socks, although she had a real mission to find the yarns she needed. It became a bit of a hunt around the wool shops of Norfolk!
“However, she got there in the end and the finished product is amazing.
“Nearly 80 years after the pattern was typed, we now have the socks in our possession and it’s such a fascinating, impressively stylish creation.
“It’s sad to think that the knitting skills many people would have had back then are diminishing.”
Lesley has been volunteering for five and half years.
To find out more about joining the team at Plumstead Road, call in for a chat, email shop manager Bettina McCracken via bettina.mcCracken@each.org.uk or call 01603 438105.