Esperance knitters reach milestone

Billie Stewart, Merryll Phillips, Phyllis Pengilly, Ann Smithies, Rhonda Hotker, Liz Plecas, Maggie Henderson and Margaret Harrison knitting for patients at local and Perth hospitals. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
Billie Stewart, Merryll Phillips, Phyllis Pengilly, Ann Smithies, Rhonda Hotker, Liz Plecas, Maggie Henderson and Margaret Harrison knitting for patients at local and Perth hospitals. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

A group of volunteers have reached a major milestone following around a decade of community work.

Esperance Mechanical Restoration Group ladies members knitted their 12,000th beanie on Monday, September 3.

The group began knitting every Monday for patients at Esperance Health Campus, with their work since expanding to hospitals in the Perth metropolitan area. 

The group have also knitted 1200 blankets.

The group began knitting for premature babies and have expanded to knitting for children and adults.

The volunteers have enjoyed ongoing support from local businesses with Esperance Freight Lines delivering their items for free to Perth and The Book Box raising money for the group through book sales.

A majority of the wool knitted has been donated by members of the Esperance community.

Knitting volunteer Liz Plecas said wives of members of the Esperance Mechanical Restoration Group began the initiative because they enjoyed helping patients and because they were enthusiastic about the art of knitting.

“It’s a lost art and most of us are very good at it and we want to keep it going,” she said. 

The group meet every Monday morning from 9:00am to midday and are always looking for more volunteers and more wool.