WARM HEARTS: (In front, from left) Melanie Ng, Charlee Best, Caitlin Ng, (in back) Trudy Ng, Inga Ng and Mara King, of Riverhills, have helped to make more than 50 blankets for the homeless.
WARM HEARTS: (In front, from left) Melanie Ng, Charlee Best, Caitlin Ng, (in back) Trudy Ng, Inga Ng and Mara King, of Riverhills, have helped to make more than 50 blankets for the homeless. David Nielsen

Knitters spreading the love

PEOPLE living on the streets who are feeling this chilly winter weather will soon be able to keep nice and warm with the generosity of south-west residents.

Individuals and community groups banded together to help make knitted squares through the Great Centenary Knit Off.

Following a few months of hard work, the group are pleased to announce they completed 52 blankets which will now be donated to some of Brisbane's most neediest residents.

Inga Ng was one of the main drivers behind the Great Centenary Knit Off. Back in April she called on the community to help her achieve her goal of making close to 30 blankets.

What happened next astounded her.

"The community was so generous in offering to donate wool, knit squares and then crochet the ends," Mrs Ng said.

"I am just so amazed with how the community came on board to help. I would have been happy to make 30 blankets, but to make 52, is just incredible.

"We live in such a wonderful and generous community."

She even added her own little personal touch to the blankets, with each blanket having a small heart in the corner.

Mrs Ng organised a number of coffee and knitting catch ups at coffee shops within the community which were a big hit in helping to get the word out to the wider community.

"We would all get together and knit, and we would have people come by and ask what we were doing. When we told them, many said they would be able to help," she said.

In addition to making the blankets, little packs made up of toiletries, a towel and socks will also be donated to the needy.

Mrs Ng will give the blankets and the packs to fellow south-west resident Michael Devlin, who will then take them into Spring Hill with him when he goes to feed the homeless. You might remember Mr Devlin from a previous article in The Satellite.

Having seen first hand how the community can rally together to help those who are down on their luck, Mrs Ng is already thinking about winter next year.

She has plans to go bigger and better than ever before.

"In Sydney, they have a concept called Knit In, which is an annual event which encourages knitters to make thousands of blankets," she said.

"I would like to do something similar, but have my own little spin on things.

"I am thinking of calling mine drop in and knit, where a big group of us will get together and knit for a few hours.

"I would really like this to become an annual event where we all get together to help one another."

If you would like to continue knitting squares to help Mrs Ng prepare for next year, you can reach her by phoning 0437833454.


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