Blanket appeal as winter chill looms
Rockingham Arts and Crafts Inc is calling for community members to help knit blanket squares ahead of winter’s coldest months.
While the not-for-profit group offers workshops in a range of crafts, winter is calling for knitted rugs, and members are encouraging contributors at any skill level to visit the shop and knit, or even learn how.
Group member Pauline Burke explained the “doors-open” policy meant there were volunteers in the store who were ready to teach and collaborate at all times.
Mrs Burke said the talented group members manned the shop from 10am-4pm seven days a week and were always willing to teach crafts or simply have a chat and a cup of tea.
“If you want some time out, come here and we’ll sit you down and we’ll teach you how to knit a square,” she said. The group has been running for more than 20 years and thinks of itself as a “community service”.
While money from the winter blankets goes to charity, the group continues to sell a full range of home-made crafts from its premises at Kent Street’s Creative Crafts year-round to raise funds to ensure it can supply craft materials for free or at very little cost.
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