13 May 2019

Building blankets and building friendships

Over the past few months, a few ladies from Arcare Slacks Creek have been joining together for a knitting club, every Tuesday morning. The group is also joined by Elaine, a volunteer from Mission Possible and a keen, experienced knitter.

The ladies who attend the knitting group live in different areas of the facility, but with a common interest they have forged strong friendships.

The ladies wanted a goal to achieve, with their knitting skills and an outcome to work towards each week. They decided as a group they would knit squares and then join them all together to make a rug. Not just one rug, but two rugs. One rug for a lady and one rug for a man.

The ladies chatted over their knitting, choosing appropriate colours of wools to for each rug. This program is giving the ladies a sense of purpose, a sense of creativity and individuality and a sense of belonging.

The ladies now have a goal to achieve, and spend their spare time knitting squares and bringing their work along each week to share with the group. The ladies also showcased their work at different activities, encouraging other keen knitters to come along and join in the fun.

“Knitting group has provided me with great companionship and great exercise for my hands”. Molly said.

Having similar interest of creativity, the ideas of upcoming projects are bounced around in the knitting program, like a snow ball effect, the ideas are getting bigger and better.

The squares are individual projects, however when joined together they showcase what great things can be achieved when everyone contributes to make a finished project. This program is not just building blankets, but it is about building friendships and building communities.



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