Volunteers get crafty at Hunter Knit-in 25th anniversary

HELPING HAND: Shirley Chapman coordinated the 25th anniversary Hunter Knit-In held at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery on August 11 which was attended by over 100 community members.

HELPING HAND: Shirley Chapman coordinated the 25th anniversary Hunter Knit-In held at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery on August 11 which was attended by over 100 community members.

“We knit, we sew, we give” is the motto of national volunteer organisation Wrap With Love, which makes blankets for those in need, both in Australia and abroad.

It all three actions that warms the heart of Highfields 85-year-old Shirley Chapman, who has been involved with the Hunter Knit-in for Wrap With Love for 25 years.

Throughout the year, Ms Chapman’s Highfields home is filled with the clattering of knitting needles as community members meet on a regular basis to make over 2000 blankets annually.

On August 11, over 100 knitters from as far as Tamworth converged on Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery for the Hunter’s 25th anniversary Knit-in, a six-and-a-half stretch of crafting and sorting squares for wraps.

Ms Chapman coordinates the annual knit-in, which she said is also a chance for like-minded people to get together and share the experience.

Wrap With Love began in 1992 and has produced over 400,000 blankets for aid agencies both here and abroad.

More information on how to get involved with the ongoing project, phone Ms Chapman on 4943 5313.

The story Knitters join forces for labour of love first appeared on The Star.

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