In Arterie, Volunteer Stories

A beanie a day certainly keeps the doctor at bay for Joan Hewitt. The spritely octogenarian volunteers for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse by crocheting beanies from donated wool received by Lifehouse.

Joan got involved with this project through another patient at Lifehouse, Lyn Pearce. Both breast cancer survivors, Lyn has been taking donated wool to Joan’s home on the Central Coast where she weaves her magic. Whether it be summer or winter, she crochets beanies either with 100% cotton or wool to provide a warm head for those patients undergoing treatment.

Joan, who is rarely seen without a crochet hook or knitting needles in hand is proud to say that she produces about thirty beanies a month. However, as she makes the beanies year-round she says “I’d really like to say that I make 365 a year”.

Even as she busily prepares for her sixtieth wedding anniversary, she shows no signs of slowing down. When asked why she does it, she says “I take great pleasure in volunteering. I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been able to volunteer for a long time now”.

While she hasn’t always enjoyed knitting and crocheting, she says that she loves crocheting the beanies as she likes “finding a bit of time to do something for someone else”.

If you too enjoy knitting or crocheting, we welcome beanies of all the colours of the rainbow. Both knitting and crochet patterns are available here. We ask that you knit or crochet a summer beanie using pure cotton, or a winter beanie with pure wool, with a loose stitch in any colour. Hundreds of beanies have been donated to patients who have lost their hair after treatment.

Also, please join us for the annual Knitter Knatter on Wednesday 20th June 2018 in the Lower Ground Foyer. From 10.30am to 3.30pm, we will be enjoying a day of knitting, crocheting and chatting as we work on different textile projects. Projects include crocheting beanies for patients, knitting a 10cm square for our Rainbow Rugs or making colourful flowers for our Spring Flowers Project. In this workshop, absolute novices to the most experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome to join in and all materials and patterns available on the day.

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