FROST-CHANGE: Jenny Workman said the Freestone Community Yarners have helped her integrate into the town.
FROST-CHANGE: Jenny Workman said the Freestone Community Yarners have helped her integrate into the town. Chris Lines

Freestone yarnbomb project knits newcomer into community

AN AMBITIOUS Jumpers and Jazz project in Freestone has given a town newcomer the opportunity to bond with the tight-knit community.

Jenny Woodman moved to Freestone from the Sunshine Coast eight months ago.

Mrs Woodman and her husband had spent their entire lives in on the coast where she worked in the education department.

After visiting Warwick some time ago, they decided the Southern Downs area would be the perfect spot to retire.

"We have been blown away by the country courtesy and the sense of community,” she said.

"It is our first time living rurally and we certainly aren't missing the hustle and bustle.”

Based on the suggestion of a neighbour, Mrs Woodman joined the Freestone Community Yarners late last year.

She said working on yarnbombing a tractor alongside the group has played a huge part in easing her into rural living.

"It has helped me a lot, I have made many friends and acquaintances through the group,” she said.

"Everyone here is so unselfish with their time it's amazing and completely different to where we're from.”

The yarners have been yarnbombing a tractor donated from the community with the guidance of artist Sue Keong.

"I am no good at crocheting myself but I help keep the coffees coming for the ladies,” Ms Keong said.

The project has been no easy task, with just one large wheel of the tractor requiring more than 50 crochet squares.

Another member of the yarners, Kate Hargreaves, said the large workload had not been a problem to manage because everyone worked well together.

"Everyone here is willing to give it a go and pull their weight so we have the momentum to get it done,” she said.

"It's all about being a part of the community and mixing with like-minded people.”

The tractor is currently under wraps outside the Freestone Community Hall and will be unveiled on the afternoon of Thursday, July 18.



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