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A colourful blanket made with love is looking for a deserving new home, thanks to a group of needlewomen at Talla na Mara in Harris.

The knit and natter group was set up a year ago to help combat social isolation, giving people somewhere safe and comfortable to meet as the last months of lockdown ground along.

Under the expert guidance of Mairi McCuish, five ladies learned the delicate art of crochet – some for the first time – and they began work on squares, which could be completed as they sat socially distant, but near enough for lively conversation.

The finished squares were then stitched together by Mairi to create a blanket, which is now ready for donation to a deserving place – preferably somewhere in Harris where it will go to good use.

Despite the fact that this task is now finished, the ladies are continuing their stitching, hoping to create a second blanket with a different design, and perhaps to start work on some ‘trauma teddies’ to be donated to children in Scotland who have been through distressing events.

Pictured with their completed blanket are Mairi McCuish, Margaret Maclennan and Ann Parry. Missing from the picture are Morag Macleod and Sue Handley.