ABC Coffs Harbour journalist Helen Merkell (front), takes delivery of 10 wraps knitted and sewn by members of the Coffs Harbour
ABC Coffs Harbour journalist Helen Merkell (front), takes delivery of 10 wraps knitted and sewn by members of the Coffs Harbour

Recycled wraps popular



WOOL from bottom drawers, cupboards and even outgrown jumpers is being turned into warm rugs by nimble fingers in Coffs Harbour.

Women and men around the Coffs Coast are knitting, sewing and crocheting unused wool and fabric into squares which are then sewn into warm rugs for Wrap With Love Inc.

Wrap With Love is a non-profit Australian group which distributes the warm handmade wraps to people suffering from cold around Australia and around the world.

Since 1992 more than 100,000 of the 102cm by 178cm wraps have been distributed to people in more than 75 countries and the supply still cannot keep up with demand.

This year Wrap With Care, which is supported by ABC Local Radio through its Drop in Stitches promotion, hopes to supply 2000 wraps a month to aid agencies.

Yesterday 10 rugs knitted, crocheted and sewn by members of the Coffs Harbour Quilters Club and Coffs Harbour Bridge Club and their friends and relatives were presented to ABC journalist Helen Merkell for transport to Sydney.

Quilters Club secretary Margaret Tozer said one of the crafters had even collected unwanted hand-knitted jumpers which she had unravelled and re-knitted into squares for the wraps.

"That's the ultimate in recycling," Mrs Tozer said.

One of the organisers of this year's Wrap With Love project, Pat Walters, said they had collected 280 squares in just one month.

While knitting is seen as a women's craft, Mrs Walters said this was not always so and several men were among their top knitters.

"Grafton has a group of 50 knitters that work all year round, but it is a wonderful winter project on those cold, wet days," Mrs Walters said.

"We'll definitely do it again next year."



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