Common thread unites

Members of Twisted Threads celebrated World Wide Knit in Public Day in the Mount Gambier Library on recently, coinciding with knitters internationally.

The largest run knitting event in the world started in 2005 as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company, with local group Twisted Threads first joining the event in 2014.

Twisted Threads member Julianne Woodruff said while this year was quieter than past years, it went well.

“We had lots of interest and we are just out here promoting knitting as a relaxing and meditative practice that helps with hand eye coordination, and mental and physical health,” she said.

“Knitting has been shown to reduce blood pressure and helps with certain types of psychosis.

“It is fun playing with yarn and keeps the brain active for anyone no matter the age, and kids can start from four or five years old.

“We had a lovely little two-year-old here fascinated by the pretty colours of yarn and the needles.”

Mrs Woodruff said the event encourages people to continue with the craft in this day and age.

“There are so many things you can do and the idea is to get it out of the home, the cupboard or the closet into public,” she said.

“It is versatile, and you can knit on anything from forks to people.

“It is cheap, cheerful, creative and good for you.”

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