Wool in School has announced the launch of its intergenerational pilot project, Knit-Stitch.
The eco-education business creates awareness of sustainability and environmental issues with an emphasis on Irish wool.
The enterprise is the brainchild of Lorna McCormack, a mother-of-four, who resides in County Meath and aims to “educate on the uses of locally produced wool and alpaca fibre”.
She aims to bridge the gap between the understanding of the sustainable use of wool and its impact on communities and the world.
The Meath native comes from a heritage of Irish craftswomen who worked with wool as a craft of family necessity.
McCormack, who has a background in social care, explained: “We introduce teachers and children to wool from farm to fabric, looking at its properties and benefits, including why it is an eco-fibre of the future.”
“In this way, we encourage children to understand the heritage of wool while exploring its uses today.”
“Knit-Stitch aims at promoting intergenerational learning by creating new possibilities and connections with children and older adults through our tradition of knitting. We believe this is more important now due to the impact of Covid-19 on communities.”
Wool in School aims to bring a learning opportunity, which will “enrich all involved”, encouraging understanding and respect between generations.
Benefits highlighted by Lorna:
- Community connection;
- Reducing isolation;
- Knowledge sharing and transfer of skills;
- Social benefits;
- Building positive relationships;
- Equal participation;
- Breaking down barriers;
- Wellbeing and mental health;
- Supporting the school community, linking in with nursing homes and reinforcing community connection;
“Designed with sustainability in mind, our ground-breaking Intergenerational Knit-Stitch project provides kits, which include organic wool, needles and a beautifully illustrated pattern by renowned knitwear designer Lucinda Guy, illustrated by Francois Hall.”
“Our Irish organic yarn is produced and supplied by Donegal Yarns and Yarn Vibes Organic. Knit-Stitch is about stitching friendships together in the Communknitty,” Lorna concluded.
That’s Farming’s interview with Lorna last year.