HAVING A YARN: Robert Greentree, Dean Smith and Ray Owens are all ready to have a crack at the Criterion Hotel men's knitting circle.
HAVING A YARN: Robert Greentree, Dean Smith and Ray Owens are all ready to have a crack at the Criterion Hotel men's knitting circle. Chris Lines

Pints and needles at the Criterion for Jumpers and Jazz

SITTING around the fireside having a knit and a yarn is not something you would typically find a group of men doing at the Criterion Hotel.

But it is what they will be doing this Jumpers and Jazz, as hotel manager Kylie Jenner is hosting a Men's Knitting Circle between 3pm and 5pm on Saturday, July 20 and 27.

It will be the second time the hotel has hosted the event and MsJenner said it went over well with the men last year.

"It is important for men to communicate on a different level and knitting helps with depression because it is meditative," she said.

Ms Jenner said the benefits of the knitting circle became clearer as the men became more comfortable - with the help of some liquid confidence, of course.

"Once they have a couple beers they start to get competitive and we had some guys get really invested in their work," she said.

"We had a guy start to open up about how his grandmother used to look after him. It was touching to watch."

The knitting circle is one of many events the Criterion Hotel will be running for Jumpers and Jazz.

"We are going to have Dezzie D and the Stingrayz on Saturday, July 20, and food will be set up outside for the hungry crowds," Ms Jenner said.

"The Criterion prides itself on doing quirky things and Jumpers and Jazz is the perfect time for it."



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