From needles to machines

Pat Liddle, Helen Fardig, Mien Broughton and Liz James are knitting enthusiasts. Picture: Bruce Hunt d402800
Pat Liddle, Helen Fardig, Mien Broughton and Liz James are knitting enthusiasts. Picture: Bruce Hunt d402800

It was a transition that Ms Liddle thought would only be temporary but she has never looked back.

‘I had always been a knitter, and I knew someone who was having triplets, so I wanted to knit three shawls,’ she said.

‘I borrowed a knitting machine from someone and I had no idea how to use it, so I rang around to all my friends and one suggested I come along to the eastern districts machine knitting group.

‘I thought I would just go the one time but ended up being heavily involved in the group for a long time.’

Fast-forward 16 years and Ms Liddle is still involved with the group.

‘We have a nice range of members,’ she said.

‘One young lady with a little child recently joined up and we also have several ladies in their 40s or 50s ” but we would like to have more,’ she said.

Ms Liddle said the group makes a variety of items with the machines.

‘One lady made a set of curtains once,’ she said.

The group will hold an open day next month at Valley Church of Christ in Middle Swan. It will feature a fashion parade, raffles and door prize, knitting machine demos, trading and competition tables.

Anyone interested is welcome to visit the group when it meets on the second and fourth Fridays of the month, from 9am-12pm at the church.