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21 April, 2022

Craft brings warmth to community

EVEN penguins need a little extra warmth as winter makes its way to the southern hemisphere and the ladies at the Atherton Country Women’s Association (QCWA) are knitting away to create tiny jumpers for the small birds.


QCWA ladies (from left) Glory Butler, Rachel Skarott, Kay Moloney holding one of the penguin jumpers, Jan Taylor, Val Dalton and Sue Keough who enjoy their craft mornings and are encouraging more people to come along.

The jumpers are just one of the projects the QCWA members do at their regular craft mornings at the Atherton CWA Hall which are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. 

The group of ladies took on the job to create the jumpers for the Phillip Island Sanctuary only very recently during one of their “Scone-versation” days. 

Kay Molony from the QCWA said she wanted to help finds ways to get older citizens out and back into craft and found the pattern amongst her many books. 

“The question of how to get people involved came to the fore,” she said. 

“Whilst browsing through some of the hundreds of craft books at the QCWA Hall, I came across this pattern for penguin jumpers and it was a light bulb moment, I thought ‘what an amazing idea, let’s get this happening’. 

“One of the ladies in attendance advised that she had previously knitted these jumpers and sent them on to Phillip Island where they were met with great appreciation and since then, they certainly capturing the hearts of people who see the pattern. 

The members are encouraging others to come along to the Craft n’ Cuppa mornings which are held from 9am. 

“If they can bring some wool (any colour) and knitting needles, that would be very helpful. 

It is not necessary for those attending to knit penguin jumpers – they can work on their own craft if they want to,” Ms Molony said.

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