Uniting Osborne House knitters create better start for Uganda's 'fish and chip babies'

KNIT NATTER: Osborne House residents Audrey Boyd, Dorothy Scott, Vonnie Muller, Alice O'Neill and Pauline Nield knit, chat and laugh their way towards helping Uganda's 'fish and chip babies'.
KNIT NATTER: Osborne House residents Audrey Boyd, Dorothy Scott, Vonnie Muller, Alice O'Neill and Pauline Nield knit, chat and laugh their way towards helping Uganda's 'fish and chip babies'.

Some of Uganda’s ‘fish and chip babies’ will soon head home from hospital in greater comfort thanks to a group of Nowra knitters. 

Women at Uniting Osborne House have formed a ‘Knitting and Chat’ group to help babies in Uganda sent home wrapped in newspaper because their families cannot afford clothes for them.

The women have been busily knitting baby jumpers and will soon ship the much-appreciated bundles overseas. 

One of the group's members Vonnie Muller has also been knitting squares to be made into blankets and said she know they’ve gone to good use. 

“My son was visiting a hospital in Kenya and he saw my blankets on many of the beds,” she said. 

While the knitting group formed around three months ago, for most of the women it’s been a lifelong habit. 

“I knitted my brother a jumper when I was just 10,” Eunice said. 

Jumpers for Uganda's 'fish and chip' babies.

Jumpers for Uganda's 'fish and chip' babies.

Eunice is still putting those skills to use, making snoods as a fundraiser for the Shoalhaven Animal Welfare league Shoalhaven branch. 

The group is open to all the women at Uniting Osborne House and they all agree it’s an enjoyable morning. 

“It’s wonderful making something for other people and we enjoy having a chat and a laugh,” Vonnie said. 

“I don’t know what I’d do without it.” 

The women have even been teaching the group’s coordinator and Osborne House staff member Francine Golding how to knit. 

“I call it one, two, drop a few,” Francine laughed. 

Anyone wanting to make their own jumper for Uganda’s fish and chip babies can find the pattern here.