Global Resurgence in Knitting Fills Peregian House With Woollen Goods for Charity

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WOOL CHAMPIONS: Knit for Charity members Laraine Lacey, Pat Isaacs, Maureen Harmony, Maxine Ament, Chris Lee and Joan Henderson with items knitted for charity at the Peregian Beach Community House.

The global resurgence of knitting as a creative means of connecting with oneself and others has seen Peregian Beach Community House fill with beanies, blankets, scarves and bears.

The Knit for Charity group is about to send another “shipload” to charities serving the needy on the Sunshine Coast and throughout Australia, plus woollen bears to comfort babies orphaned by AIDS in Sudanese Africa.

Knit for Charity organiser Maureen Harmony described hand making garments as an intrinsically human gesture dating back thousands of years.

“You’re wrapping someone in your thoughts and love,” Maureen said.

Member Pat Isaacs said there was a world of difference between machine-made and knitted clothing.

“These things are made with our thoughts and feelings so when people put them on they know someone cares for them,’’ Pat said.

“Along with recycling, all home-crafts are coming back in. It’s meditative and addictive. ”

Group members also knit at home and bring in their “squares” to twice-monthly gatherings at the House.

“I knit every night in front of the television, it’s very therapeutic,’’ Joan Henderson said.

Maureen said the goods have always gone directly to the genuinely needy via established charities since the group began in August 2011.

“We can provide patterns but we can be as creative as we like,” Maureen said.

The group welcomes new members and donations of wool, needles and woollen goods.

Anyone wanting to learn how to knit or crochet is welcome to come along to enjoy companionship, creative activity and morning tea on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 9.30am – 11.30am.

Peregian Beach Community House is on the corner of Woodland Drive and David Low Way, Peregian.

Peregian Beach Community House :
255 David Low Way, Peregian Beach
07 5351 2900
07 5471 2858
Peregian Beach Community House

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