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Friendship from fibres

COLOUR: Bridget Walch tackles three different projects throughout the evening. Picture: Sarah AquilinaAmong lively discussion, wineand fabulous food sita group of women studyingcomplex patternsas they twine colourful yarn with theirprecise needlework.
苏州美甲美睫培训学校

A skill one often linked to their grandmother, knitting has connected a small community within the walls of a Campbell Town restaurant.

Each fortnight for more than two and a half years, Rachel Langiu, Judy Brown, Lindy Stevens, Bridget Walch, Sally Crosswell, Kiralee Corrieand Caroline Bransdenhavemet at Zepsbecause of their shared love ofknitting.

A class at Knits, Needles and Wool inspiredMs Langiuto organise somethingcloser to home.

The concept ofregular knitting meetups was warmly welcomed by people from all skill levels.

Throughout the years, many have come and gone but the core group of knitters has remained.

NEARLY THERE: Lindy Stevens puts the finishing touches on a blanket which she has been working on for more than a year. Picture: Sarah Aquilina

“Initially I thought once a month, but everyone was like ‘no, no more than once a month’,” Ms Langiu said.

Despite never advertising the group, there has always been agreat deal of interest.

Since the knitters found each other, the catch-ups have continued to remain a fun, casual outlet for all.

“We started just coming 7pm to 9pm, knitting and maybe having a coffee and a piece of cake or something,” Ms Langiu said.

“Butthen we had Christmas dinner and it was just so nice to eat together that it sort of morphed into 6pm, so we could have dinner and wine,” she said.

Meetups were just as much a social opportunity as they were a chance to share knowledge and skills.

“The first few times we ended up spending more time eating and drinking than knitting,” Ms Langiu said.

As each woman arrivedthey filled the air with awarmth as they begansharing tales of travel, work and family whileunravellingcanebaskets and knittingbags.

Flowing with currentprojects, pattern sheets and a variety of needles, they casually launched into their projects.

“I think it is really nice as well because we have all been together and seen different things happen in each other’s lives,” Ms Langiu said.

The wool at hand may be the reason these women were brought together but the social outlet was a clear contributor to their fortnightly return.

Theyswapped stories and shared advice like they were sisters, giggling away at silliness and championing successes.

“Lindy [Stevens] has become a grandmother since we’ve been doing this…I’ve had a baby since this has been on.Sally is a new grandmotherand we have all made things for each other,” Ms Langiu said.

“We’ve sort of been through all these

things with each other, and it is justreally nice.”

Taught to crochet by her grandmother more than 45-years-ago, Ms Stevens was fringing the ends of a blanket she’d been working on for about 12 months.

She was inspired by a pattern she’d seen, but admittedly was unsuccessful at mimicking the technique, although everyone was impressed with her‘freestyle’ stitch and commended the beauty of the blanket.

Arecent studyreleased by Sage Journalsconfirmed knitting and crocheting hadan abundance of positive benefits.Analysis showed the skill had a positive impact on cognitive ability, as well as playing a role in coping strategies during difficult times.

Given the endless varieties of wools, needles and techniques, the women shared their tricks of the tradewith each other.

Most of the group learned to crochet from MsCorrie.

Sally Crosswell, known to be completely ruthless with her knits as she would fearlesslyunravelanypiece she did not deem adequate, said their evenings at Zeps were something she eagerly awaited.

“I look forward to [the group] every fortnight, whether it is two of us or 10, it is just lovely,” Ms Crosswell said.

Ms Crosswell prefered to knit rugs, as she was not one for sticking closely to patterns, but she had made her granddaughter a gorgeousmatching outfitwhich consisted of acardigan, booties and mitts.

The University of Sydney Neural Knitworks founding member Dr Jenny Whiting reflected on the health benefits of yarn craft.

“It helps relieve stress, and express creativity,”areport by Dr Whitingsaid.

“It leads to better concentration and helps clarify thinking,” she said.

Both the study and report reiterated thebenefits of knitting within a group setting because it boostedaffirmation, confidence and common purpose – all elements that help to build friendship and foster good mental health.

In the lead up to this year’s Campbell Town Show, Ms Walch called on her network of knitters for an unusual group project,yarn bombing.

Everyone put their needles together to donatea patch of yarnwork to Ms Walch who then stitched all the donations togetherto turn the dull winter streets into a eye-catching, colourful display of craftsmanship.

A strong advocate of wool as a fibre,Ms Walch started knitting at age five and believed the craft was away to keep one’s mind active.

“It is a fine motor skill and it is all about patterns and the brain and the behaviour of the brain making you feel well and happy.Knitting is really valuable for mental health and mindfulness, people can knit from all ages –they can be male or female,” Ms Walchsaid.

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