THE clickety-click of knitting needles has started to be heard in coffee shops, workplaces, and homes across Moray as a lengthy challenge gets underway.
It is hoped central Elgin will be wrapped up cosy in a massive colourful scarf – the longest the historic town has ever seen.
Behind the quest are staff, trainees, and volunteers at charity Start to Knit, who aim to roll out the woolly masterpiece from their Commerce Street home on August 25.
Draping down the road towards the High Street, the scarf will wind its way along the main street – passing shops and eateries – to the ancient Plainstones, where it will decorate the Doric six-columned portico of St Giles Church.
Stalls and bands forming part of a Music Mania event on the High Street that day will also be treated to a splash of vibrant colour as the scarf journeys by.
"We are hoping to knit the longest scarf ever seen in Elgin," said Start to Knit project manager Shirley Nicoll. "So, we’re going to need a lot of help."
To create the scarf, young and old are being asked to knit one metre long scarves of any colour, which will then be crocheted together to create the finished piece.
Following the record attempt, the links will be snipped and individual scarves donated to the Blythswood charity.
"Those taking part will know that their scarves are helping children, both in our country and abroad," said Shirley.
"It is going to be huge and should be a really special event so we would just ask as many people as possible to help us."
Knitters of all standards have until July 31 to create a simple metre-long scarf in plain knit, with free patterns available from Start to Knit.
Either visit the shop at 6 Commerce Street for further details, or contact the team on 01343 551512.
Formed 13 years ago, Start to Knit is part of Moray Reach Out and provides training and work experience for up to 25 adults with learning disabilities.