Until I came to Sydney, knitting was a solitary occupation and it’s still only when I’m by myself that I really manage to get much knitting done. But, boy, knitting is great way to make friends. We may only manage to get a few rows knitted, or sew on a couple of buttons, but meeting up with other knitters around Sydney and talking about everything under the sun (no, we don’t talk about knitting all the time) has brought so many terrific people into my life. Really good friends of all ages and backgrounds.
I’ve been to a number of groups around town, meeting in cafes, pubs and yarn shops. Most of the knitters are very experienced and some of them produce stunning work that I can only dream of.
But the group that has really impressed me recently meets in my local library. It was formed by the librarians to knit for Wraps With Love. No beautifully original handiwork here – just garter stitch squares for blankets which are distributed all over the world. A lot of the women (unfortunately there are no men in this group) are new knitters – and I mean ‘new’. They’ve learned to cast on, knit and cast off. And they painstakingly produce squares for blankets. There are enough experienced knitters in the group to help and encourage, and a lot of the women are going to become ‘knitters’, I’m sure of it.
Just to make things even more difficult, a number of these new knitters don’t have English as their first language. They come from India, Sri Lanka and all over S.E. Asia. They’re learning to knit, they’re speaking English and they’re making friends in their local community. AND of course they’re producing warm blankets for those in need.
The blankets we knit consist of 28 x 10″ squares. The group has produced more than 20 blankets in the last few months. That’s a lot of knitting, a lot of sewing and a lot of wool. And here’s the rub. They’re quite short of wool at the moment so I’m hoping that some of the other lovely knitters I know around Sydney may have some they’d like to throw into the pot. 8 ply (double knitting) wool. Any colour, any amounts.
Please leave a message here if you have some leftovers you’d be willing to donate. If you know me from any of the groups I go to, you could get it to me that way. Or if you’re near Epping, you can just drop it into the library at any time (the librarians act as custodians of the stash). And, if you’re really bored one evening, you could knit a 10″ garter stitch square and donate that as well! (I know I’m pushing my luck a bit there!)
It would be helping a great group of women. As well, of course, as providing much needed warmth for people all over the world – at the last count I think Wrap With Love has distributed something like 28,000 blankets.