Knitting group spreads warmth

With their needles, wool and a desire to give back, Campbelltown’s Knit and Giggle group is making the world a better place.

The group, which meets each week at Campbelltown’s HJ Daley Library, was first formed 10 years ago by Bridget Byrne and Sheila Myers.

Since then, Ms Byrne said the group would have lovingly crafted “thousands” of blankets and rugs for people in need across the world.

But it was a special someone closer to home who felt the group’s warmth this week.

“We chose Pig from Tim’s Garden Centre as a town icon and knitted a coat for him,” Ms Byrne said.

“Everyone worked together on it, one lady embroidered some lovely flowers on the coat.”

Between 10 and 18 people regularly attend Knit and Giggle gatherings at the library on a Monday.

Ms Byrne said it was lovely to get together and have a good time with friends.

“It gets older people like myself out of the house,” she said.

“It’s very social, there will be 10 conversations going around the table at once.

“It’s great to get together with a group of like-minded people.”

Pig in a blanket: The Knit and Giggle group made a lovely coat for 'town icon' Pig. Picture: Simon Bennett

Pig in a blanket: The Knit and Giggle group made a lovely coat for 'town icon' Pig. Picture: Simon Bennett

The group works to create blankets and rugs which are donated to the charity Wrapped with Love and distributed to less fortunate people.

Each member knits a square – which Ms Byrne says takes roughly three hours – and the squares are then crocheted and sewed together to create the finished product.

“It’s a very satisfying hobby,” Ms Byrne said.

“It’s good to do something nice for someone else.

“One lady described us as OBEs – ‘over bloody 80s’.

“It’s nice to give something back to those less fortunate.

“We’re the fortunate ones.”

Ms Byrne said Knit and Giggle was always happy to welcome more members to the fold.

She said people did not have to have a great deal of knitting skills but they did need to bring their own eight-milimetre acrylic wool.

“We’re always happy to help each other out.”

The Leumeah resident also asked anyone who had unused balls of wool lying around at home to donate them to the group at the library or call and see if a pick-up could be arranged.

Knight and Giggle meet between 1pm-3pm at HJ Daley Library each Monday.

Details: 4645 4444.


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