Meet Ruth T
Hello, I’m Ruth and I’m a Wonky knitter.
Hello Ruth, you might be a Wonky knitter but you’re not from the Mournes with an accent like that! Can you tell us a little but about where you’re from and how you ended up here in this lovely place called Mourne?
I’m originally from Norwich in Norfolk in England and I have lived in Kilkeel for 40 odd years (laughs)
Ohh you don’t look old enough to be here 40 years. Well you’re a Wonky knitter, can you tell us what you’ve been knitting?
I’ve been knitting scarves.
How long would it take you to knit a scarf?
Emmmm at my speed quite a long while, I would say about 3 weeks, just in the evenings.
So, you’re a quite a busy lady, what do you like to do in your spare time then?
I like coming up to the Silent Valley, I would come up 2 or 3 times a week for a walk round. It’s such a special place.
It is beautiful and we’ve hit it on a really beautiful day as well.
Tell us a little more about yourself, have you been knitting for very long? Do you knit for family and friends?
I have been knitting since I was a child. I think my mother and my grandmother taught me to knit. I don’t knit for family. I have two sons, one lives in Limavady and one still lives at home.
But walking is your favourite thing to do and what a lovely place to come and walk. Is it always like this? Is it always sunny?
(Laughs) Eh no!
So, you’ve been knitting for a long time, why have you been interested in knitting for Wonky?
Well I just think that you can use your craft skills to help other people, it’s a good way of helping other people.
Now, we have very interesting lingo here and the way we speak in the Mournes. You have come as a ‘blow in’ we would say into the Mourne area. Is there anything you can think off the top of your head that was very strange to get used to?
Yes, someone used the word ‘gutties’ and I had no idea what gutties were but gutties are track shoes over here.
Or sneakers as they would know in America.
Did you find the food any different coming from England to Northern Ireland? Is there anything we like here that you wouldn’t have been used to?
Spuds. Spuds? (Laughs) Potatoes, people are very particular about their potatoes over here!
Well Ruth it’s been lovely to meet with you today and thank you for taking the time to talk with us.