A CRAZE which has swept America and Britain has come to Huddersfield.
Knitting, reputedly one of the pastimes of Hollywood actresses such as Julia Roberts, is a craft well practised in the town.
Monthly "Knit and Natter" sessions are now being held at the Cafe Ollo in the Media Centre, Northumberland Street.
And those who want to spin more yarns with like-minded folk are being invited along.
"The groups started in America and were called Stitch and Bitch. Knitting has become really trendy both in the States and this country now," said Angharad Thomas, who started the Huddersfield group earlier this year.
Angharad, of Edgerton, was first taught to knit by her mother more than 50 years ago.
This was difficult, because Angharad is left-handed and her mother insisted should learn to knit right-handed!
She is now keen to promote the hobby and encourage more young people, students and craftworkers to get involved with her group.
"We get together and exchange ideas and generally help one another out," said Angharad, who is a knitwear designer and lectures in art and design at Salford University.
And knitting has medical as well as fashion benefits.
Studies are now suggesting that knitting could also be good for your health.
Researchers have found that repetitive action such as knitting could have a powerful relaxing effect and help with a multitude of anxiety-related symptoms including insomnia, alcoholism and infertility.
* Knit and Natter's next session is on Thursday, October 13, from 5pm to 7pm at the Cafe Ollo in the Media Centre, Northumberland Street, Huddersfield. After that it will meet on the second Thursday of every month.
* National Knitting Week starts on Monday, October 10.
* There are more than 5m knitters in the UK.
* Hits on knitting websites have risen by 50% in recent months.
* Visit www.knittinghelp.com for tips and free patterns.