Epping Group

The guest speakers at our formal May meeting were Hazel Drinnan and Bev McPherson from the Smockers Guild. They gave us inspiring information about their on-going project for making knitted and smocked items for the neo-natal units at our hospitals. Parents with premature babies or who lose a baby, as well as the staff caring for the infants, welcome their practical support. The garments recognise the importance of the new baby, where often all that is otherwise visible is invasive tubes and medical treatments. It is not so many years ago that difficulties faced in neo-natal units were never discussed or recognised.

Lovely examples of the garments were on display, as well as an Amanda Jane smocking pleater. The Smockers Guild has difficulties attracting new members to join them in this traditional skill. On the 14 August 2011 they are having an Open Day at Epping Creative Centre where they will be demonstrating beginners' techniques. Bev can give further information about this by phone or email: boronia215@bigpond.com  or (02) 9634 7070.

The general feeling of everyone present was this is a needful and worthwhile project for knitters and smockers.

Picture of Robin Blanchard at the 2002 Biggest Morning Tea

Our dear friend Robbie, who organised many Biggest Morning Teas at Epping over the years in aid of The Cancer Council, left us on February 9 this year.

Below are several photos of one of those days, with some of the entries in the accompanying tea cosy competition. We will all recognise her beautifully decorated tables, and no doubt she will be watching over and inspiring many BMTs to come. She is much missed.

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Two days to go before Australia Day and after that Back to School. And then the city roads suddenly get much busier. The summer holidays are nearly over.

At Knit and Natter this Monday quite a few of those present were working on baby jackets, which you can see in the pictures below. All are in traditional baby yarns.

Erica's is for a grandchild due in March, with a baby shower in February. This expected baby is known only so far as Shrub (because one of the family names is Forrest). Meg was working on the sleeves of her jacket, in 4 ply cotton. Our two newest members at Epping are Angaline on the left and Jacqui on the right; on Angaline's lap is a garter stitch jacket being knitted all in one piece in white wool, for her grand-daughter Skylar. Angaline received a little expert help from Thelma who has made countless baby clothes through the years, but Thelma somehow eluded the camera. And Yvonne was crocheting her jacket; hopefully the intricate pattern shows up well in the close-up. It was mentioned that she only managed one row during the morning, but there were distractions: Eleanor's surprise birthday celebration for one. Eleanor's photos are further below.

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