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Knitting for Moree’s homeless during Homelessness Awareness Week

Just one square turns into a woollen blanket of love – that’s what the members of the Moree Community Library’s Knit and Natter group are celebrating during Homelessness Awareness Week.

Knit and Natter Co-ordinator Clare Gately explained many people find themselves homeless as a result of family and domestic violence, and then experience financial and emotional hardship.

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“A knitted or crocheted woollen blanket provides physical warmth to people and gives them an emotional boost because the squares that form the blankets have been made by community members who care about their situation,” Ms Gately said.

The Knit and Natter group meet the second and fourth Monday of the month at 2pm for an hour in the warmth of the Library.  Each person freely gives their time and donates the wool to make the squares.

“Members share ideas and patterns, teach newbies, give support and friendship to fellow volunteers, and together create blankets which Rotary distributes to people in Moree Plains Shire,” Ms Gately said.

“Anyone can join Knit and Natter, from beginner knitters to people with skills in crocheting. We even have people who can’t come to the sessions, but just send in their squares they have knitted at home.”

Moree residents are invited to come along to the next Knit and Natter on August 8. There is some 8ply wool/acrylic and needles/hooks available for newbies or you can build your own 25mm x 25mm (imperial 10” x 10”) square at home following instructions on www.wrapwithlove.org/knitting-patterns/

Knit – Needles 4mm (also known as No.8 needles). Stitches: Plain stitches for every row.

Crochet – Hook 4mm.  Stitches: Any pattern including corner start stitch or diagonal crochet stitch.

Come talk to Toni Kirkman or Clare Gately who are usually on the front desk at the Library but can sometimes be found knitting! For more information about Knit and Knatter and other Library activities, visit www.bsl.nsw.gov.au or call 6757 3374.