Knitting for good
Published on 16 July 2019
Celebrating its tenth year running, the West Ryde Knitting Group has been feverishly knitting in the lead up to the City of Ryde's annual Knit In on Friday 2 August. Each year, the event brings together knitters from across the City, including those both in established groups and aspiring knitters, who all make and donate hundreds of lovingly crafted handmade blankets to Wrap with Love. This not-for-profit organisation sends wraps to people in more than 75 countries, including within Australia, with volunteers making, transporting and assembling the blankets.
The West Ryde group meets twice per month at West Ryde Library. There are also knitting groups that meet at Eastwood, Gladesville and Ryde libraries each month.
Prolific knitter Lydia, a Russian speaker who grew up in China, spoke about how the West Ryde group's beauty lies in its inclusiveness and willingness to help others. "We are so lucky to have members from more than 10 different nationalities in our group, with all different skill levels and experience. It's all about sharing, helping and teaching", she said.
West Ryde Knitting Group members hard at work
Others talked about how therapeutic they find the process of knitting, as like any creative process it provides a wonderful escape from ordinary life. "You can pick up your needles anywhere and do some knitting while you're in the car or sitting in front of the television", one member said.
"The best thing is that you feel like you've accomplished something at the end".
Holding up a masterpiece
Everyone's invited to come along to the free City of Ryde Knit In on Friday 2 August from 10.00am-2.00pm at Ryde Library. Light refreshments will be provided.
To find out more about our library knitting groups and other activities, visit our Library Activities page.