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Knitting group banned from public library because their needles are a health hazard

By Mason White 3:47 AM August 18, 2013
Members of the knitting group 

By: Debbie Gross
Members of a knitting group are angry after the public library notified them that they are prohibited from entering the premises.

The knitting group said it was not allowed to meet in the library because the needles are a danger to the public, and because their members are too noisy.

The Knit ‘N’ Natter Group met in the library in Cramlington, Northumberland, United Kingdom, once a week in order to knit replica anatomical parts used to train National Health Care nurses.

Now, the Northumberland County Council has prohibited them from the library.
The council said there was not enough room for the whole group.

A spokesperson said the women were still welcome if they were separated into smaller groups.
Since the group began three years ago, their 25 members have woven thousands of garments for premature and sick babies.
They have also made 1,500 pairs of knitted breasts and they are currently knitting wombs for the midwives.

“We have been told different stories and different complaints, so we do not know what to believe. We have been told that there are dangerous instruments and needles, which are against the health and safety policy of the library. Also, we were told that we’re too noisy. We started in the library because the Council has invited us. As the group grew, the Council was delighted.
Unfortunately, they moved into a new building and there is no space for us,” Margaret Derrick, one of the founding members of the group, said.

Derrick also said that the group does not want to split into smaller groups.