Extreme knitting

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A new eco-friendly idea - extreme knitting - is beginning to prove popular in the Western Isles as well as providing an excellent example of recycling Harris Tweed.

For many years the selvedges from the looms of Harris Tweed weavers were just cut off and then dumped but now the strips of Harris Tweed, known as fuagags in the Gaelic, are being hand knitted on jumbo wooden knitting needles about 30 inches long and 3/4 of an inch in circumference.

One of the exponents of the new extreme knitting, Ishbal Scott of Stornoway, says that they make excellent rugs, bags, mats for computers, dogs or cats, or even patchwork quilts. Her brother Kenny made the giant knitting needles for her.