CWA is far more than knitting grannies

CWA Perth Belles founder Jo Hawkins and current president Claire Stevenson. Picture: Marcus Whisson d403439
CWA Perth Belles founder Jo Hawkins and current president Claire Stevenson. Picture: Marcus Whisson d403439

‘Everyone from university students to scientists and mothers to marketing professionals comes along to our monthly meetings for a chance to socialise, learn new skills and have a bit of fun,’ the West Perth resident said.

Although its annual guerrilla knit-a-thon to make blankets for new mums at King Edward Memorial Hospital might appear to fit the CWA granny stereotype, every other aspect of the day defied it.

The CWA Stitch n’ Bitch, held at the Windsor Hotel last month, involved 35 branch members from across Perth uniting with knitting needles in one hand and a pint in the other.

CWA Perth Belles branch president Claire Stevenson said although it was a beautiful day, they did get some odd looks from punters at the bar.

‘As well as knitting enough squares to make five blankets, we also held a raffle and the money raised from that will go towards purchasing materials for birthing kits,’ Ms Stevenson said.