Close-knit club contributes to charity

THE ladies at New Town Senior Citizens Club have banded together to help ease the plight of young people and families affected by Tasmania’s harsh winter.
Over the last 12 months, the volunteers have been hard at work knitting baby clothes, adult scarves and beanies, blankets and teddy bears as part of the 2014 Guardian Angel Knitting Program.
Recently the knitting group boxed up its colourful creations which will be packaged and distributed by local charity Save the Children to Tasmanian children in need.
Knitting coordinator Patricia Carpenter said the 12 members counted a total of 468 items among them, with two ladies contributing 100 items each.
“We have been knitting as a club for 10 years, so you could say it is more than just a hobby,” she said.
“It gives us something to do while helping other people who don’t have what we are fortunate to have.”
Ms Carpenter said she enjoyed knitting for her grand children and great grand children.
“I particularly like crocheting and creating jumpers and jackets with fancy animals, trains, planes and embellishments on them,” she said.
When asked whether she would ever consider selling her pieces, Ms Carpenter said:
“It would not be the same. If you knit for charity, you knit at your own pace and for your own pleasure.”
The New Town Senior Citizens Club meets every Monday from 9.30am until 2pm at 22 Creek Road, Lenah Valley.

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