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Crafting a tight-knit community

While COVID-19 put the world on hold, for the Wangi Library Knitters, it was a chance to knit and crotchet from home.

Even though all the members missed the social connection they could still participate in their favourite hobby.

The group formed in a bid to stop the Wangi Wangi Library from closing as there was a strong movement from the council to shut its doors.

One member, Christine Langshaw, decided to show it was a necessity within the community and, eight years on, the group and library are thriving.

“I didn’t know anybody and wanted to make friends,” Ms Langshaw said.

“There was nothing along the way where you could just get together and knit.

“I decided the library would be a good spot and I put a sign on the window inviting people to join me on a Wednesday morning and then I took my knitting needles and sat there, hoping I wouldn’t be alone and had people join me.”

For Ms Langshaw, the best part about the group is the social connection.

“I think it is the lovely people that you meet, and we donate a lot to charities, which is good for us and good for them,” she said.

Fellow member, Bernadette Gill, said the group helped her contribute to the community.

“Beside the social support that we give each other, it’s the work that we do in supporting charities, everything we knit goes to someone who needs it,” she said.

“It’s the pleasure we get from making these things for people who need them.

“We make all sorts of things, from beanies to rugs for children and the elderly – at one stage we were even knitting jumpers for lambs.”

Both Ms Gill and Ms Langshaw said the group’s members spent their time in lockdown knitting and crocheting for a cause.

After meeting again in September at the Wangi RSL Club, they will now finally be able to host a market stall to sell these items on Saturday 28 November.

The stall will go from 8am to 12pm outside “The Deck” bakery and cafe on the corner of Watkins Road and Dobell Drive, Wangi Wangi.

Several items, including beanies, booties, socks, gloves, rugs and baby clothes, will be available.

Call Christine Langshaw on 4975 5205 for more information about the group.