There are millions of people in the world suffering extreme cold, so if knitting and chatting make you happy, and helping others in need gives you a warm feeling, mark Thursday, 21st July on your calendar.
This is the date for this year’s annual Knit ‘n’ Natter Day organised by the Craft Corner to help as many people as possible by providing warm wraps to ward off hypothermia. The Craft Corner has been supporting the Wrap with Love program for the past eight years. Brooke Daniels from ABC Radio visits Parkes every year. The idea is to send her off with as many knitted squares and wraps as possible for delivery to the warehouse in Sydney.
Rugs made from the squares are sent around the world, including Australia. Wrap with Love was started in 1992 and in the past 23 years more than 400,000 wraps were sent to people in more than 75 countries. Craft Corner members and anyone else are encouraged to drop off their knitted squares at the Craft Corner. The squares should be 25cm square, knitted in 8 ply yarn with no. 8 (4mm) needles in garter stitch all plain rows. A completed wrap is four squares wide and seven squares down.
If you have left over 8 ply yarn lying around at home, feel free to drop that off at the Craft Corner, to keep the knitters busy. Members and the wider community are invited to come and share a cuppa with Brooke at the Craft Corner in Clarinda Street from 10:30am on 21st July.
By Maggi Barnard