RSL Care diversional therapist Colleen Burns with the Knit and Natter group at Maryborough’s Chelsea aged care home.
RSL Care diversional therapist Colleen Burns with the Knit and Natter group at Maryborough’s Chelsea aged care home. Contributed

Knit and natter at Chelsea RSL Care in Maryborough

KNITTING, crochet and conversation go well together and at Chelsea RSL Care in Maryborough two ladies decided they would start a group.

Doris Harding and Fran Stephens had the same idea and thought it would be good to see other people doing something creative and fun.

"We wanted to get people out of their rooms and talking to others, so we told Colleen about it and she got the group together. We call ourselves the Knit and Natter group," Doris said.

"Everyone brings their crochet or knitting, we have morning tea and Colleen shows us some of the things she makes.

"I like what I do and it's helped me since I had my stroke," she said.

For five years, Doris has been knitting up delightful coloured wools into panels and donates them to the Multiple Sclerosis group which then stitches them together into blankets for the homeless.

Fran is knitting a soft toy and said she thought it might be nice if other people joined the group for the company.

Esme MacPherson is proud to be 97 years old and does everything she possibly can to keep herself active.

She's made blankets and rugs for her grandchildren and in her spare time finds something to do.

"I like to knit and crochet as I like to use my hands, and I might as well be doing something," Esme said.

"I don't understand why people don't want to do things."

RSL Care Diversional Therapist Colleen Burns was taught knitting by her father because her mother was left-handed and she thought it would be easier that way.

"It's very therapeutic with the rhythm of the knitting needles and there are so many different colours now."

Other Knit and Natter group members make rugs and other items for many reasons.

Val Greaves makes her rugs for the grandchildren and one rug is enjoying a world trip and Daphne Conley has crocheted 50 pair of booties.

They are a happy little group which love to do what they do, they are an inspiration to others and would like to encourage anyone in nursing homes or retirement villages to join a group for friendship and fun.