Bright beanies made with love
THE sound of knitting needles has been echoing around Taloumbi Gardens.
Residents have been knitting beanies to be given to underprivileged children by the Camden Baptist Church as part of their Samaritan boxes.
Taloumbi Gardens Village manager Sandra Luke said the hand-knitted beanies form part of a larger box of goodies donated to underprivileged children overseas.
"The residents love to knit and what better way to put their quick knitting skills to use while donating to a worthy cause?” Sandra said.
"We have five residents contributing to the boxes but I am always on the lookout for more residents to join, especially as we head into the cooler months.
"Knitting the beanies also has significant physical benefits for our residents. They have been able to increase their dexterity, improve their hand-eye coordination and expand the range of motion in their fingers and wrists.”
Taloumbi Gardens resident Elizabeth Maguire knits more than one beanie a week and is part of the busy craft crew creating more than 50 beanies this year.
"This is my first time contributing to the Samaritan boxes and it just gives me so much joy,” Elizabeth said.
"I have become such a fast knitter. It takes about six to seven hours per beanie and I can average two beanies per yarn of wool.
"So far I have knitted almost 30 unisex beanies. I try to do different colour combinations to give the kids a bit of brightness in their boxes.''
Taloumbi Gardens residents are aiming to donate more than 40 beanies by Christmas.