Inspired by parishioner and Hutt St Centre stalwart Moira Finan, who knitted and sewed squares to make blankets for the homeless before passing away at the beginning of the year, Henley Beach parish office manager Sue Fanto decided to keep Moira’s passion burning by starting a ‘Knit and Natter’ group.
“I wanted to keep my memory of Moira alive by continuing the good work she did,” said Sue.
Since then, 14 women have knitted three large blankets over three sessions. The fortnightly Thursday morning get-togethers allow parishioners and members of the wider community to share their skills to help those less fortunate.
Members of the Henley Beach parish Antioch youth group, many of whom had never before picked up knitting needles, have incorporated the initiative into their Sunday night meetings since late August, each setting a goal to complete a knitted square which can then be sewn into blankets by the Knit and Natter group.
Antioch social justice team members Sara Chiera and Sharina Rabusic said that supporting the initiative had also brought the Antioch circle closer together.
“It was amazing to see the entire group come and learn (to knit) together, especially considering most of us didn’t know what we were doing. The fact we put that all aside and tried our best was beautiful,” said Sharina.”
For more information on the Knit and Natter group, please call the Henley Beach parish office on 8356 8888.Jump to next article