The Norwood Naughty Knitters have quite the reputation. But it’s not for what you might think.
They knit all right; but they’re very busy and they’re definitely not boring.
The group leader, Norwood resident Shelley Kent, began her knitting odyssey at nine years old when a neighbour introduced her to the fine art of purling, tinking, swatching and frogging. She has long intertwined the craft into her busy life routine.
Kent says that the special camaraderie of the group is the real reason for its longevity and ongoing success.
These ‘naughty’ knitters are mostly comprised of baby boomers, but lately, their membership has grown to include elementary students.
Ten-year old Emma Beeusaert proudly states that she also started knitting when she was nine. She is attracted to the colours, shapes, yarns and creativity of the hobby, inspired by a great aunt who knits, crochets and sews.
These ladies have knitted teddy bears for the Dr. Goodbear Golf Classic in aid of the Children’s Hospital Foundation; shawls for Hospice and Palliative Care of Manitoba; prayer shawls for churches; finger puppets for African children; scarves for Christmas Cheer Board volunteers; and mitts and toques for elementary schools.
At the moment, the knitters are crafting sweaters, squares and hats for the Knit-a-square (K.A.S.) organization, in support of an international project that helps abandoned AIDS orphans in southern Africa.
The group meets every Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the Norwood Community Centre. All ages are welcome. Check out their Facebook page, The Norwood Naughty Knitters.