Linda Gibson of the Department of Communities with Lesley Pollard, Alice Meharry, Jenni Bowerman and Norma Tasker and some of their cosy creations.
Linda Gibson of the Department of Communities with Lesley Pollard, Alice Meharry, Jenni Bowerman and Norma Tasker and some of their cosy creations.

Crafty gathering provides comfort

THEY may only be four little ladies but together they are making a difference to the lives of babies, children, families and those less fortunate.

Jenni, Norma, Alice and Lesley spend about two hours a week knitting and crocheting items for hospitals, aged-care facilities and the Emerald Neighbourhood Centre.

While some of the materials were donated, the women purchased most of the wool themselves and dedicated their time to make the lives of others more comfortable.

Trauma teddies were one of the items they specialised in, which were sent away to Melbourne every month to be stuffed and sewn up with a little hospital cross on their bellies.

The teddies were then packaged with a wheelchair and sent to children in less fortunate countries.

With more than enough on their hands, the Emerald Knitting and Crochet Club also knits beanies for the Mater Hospital in Brisbane.

Closer to home, the group knits and crochets jumpers and blankets for Look Good, Feel Better at the Emerald Neighbourhood Centre and they also knit slippers for aged care facilities around town.

Jenni said the group first started about 12 months ago when she was working at the library and was approached by a woman who asked if she would be interested in running the group.

“I would love for more people to come and it doesn’t matter if they can’t knit or crochet, we are more than willing to teach them,” she said.

Jenni has lived in Emerald for the past 15 years and said she was more than happy to donate to the community.

“I get a little buzz out of it because a lot of people have lost blankets and things during the floods so it’s nice to be able to help out,” she said. “It just makes you feel really good.”

Jenni said it would be most appreciated if the community could donate spare wool to the group, particularly 8-ply.

The Emerald Knitting and Crocheting Group meets at the Department of Communities on Theresa St every Monday from 1pm, and new members of all ages are more than welcome.

For more information, phone Jenni on 4987 4432.


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