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PICTURES: Knacky knitter from Dingwall runs up £250 boost for Peffery Way Association as quirky caps prove a hit


By Hector MacKenzie

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Jacqueline MacDonald from Dingwall knitted hats for chocolate oranges to benefit a local cause. The response was remarkably success. Picture: James Mackenzie
Jacqueline MacDonald from Dingwall knitted hats for chocolate oranges to benefit a local cause. The response was remarkably success. Picture: James Mackenzie

WHEN a knacky Dingwall woman offered to run up some quirky chocolate orange covers to help a local cause, it's fair to say the response was 'knit' what she was expecting...

Jacqueline MacDonald of Bridgend Avenue made some of the stocking fillers for her daughter in Orkney, knowing she wouldn't be seeing her at Christmas.

Thinking the cute covers might raise a few pounds for the Peffery Way Association – behind plans for an all-ability off-road track linking Dingwall and Strathpeffer – she ran up a dozen and put them on Facebook to test the water.

Within 10 minutes, all had been snapped up with orders for another 50...

Much clacking of needles later, and with the help of her cousin, she had pulled in over £250 for the cause – prompting a "huge thank you" from the delighted group who hailed the "fabulous effort".

The covers have been popular.
The covers have been popular.

She said: "It was quite a daunting prospect doing so many – I was really quite surprised."

Her mum had needles in her hands by the time she was four and she has knitted on and off ever since. She's made covers as Santas, pumpkins and even done them in Rangers and Celtic covers on request.

She said: "The Peffery Way is on my doorstep and I have walked all of it. There are so many other paths that link into it it's really tremendous, so I was happy to help."

The covers proved a huge hit.
The covers proved a huge hit.
These would be perfect for fans of the Old Firm.
These would be perfect for fans of the Old Firm.
Hard at work.
Hard at work.

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