Rae Watson can’t put a number on how many people she’s wrapped with love over the years but one things for sure – she doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
The Nowra resident started Nowra Wrap with Love nine years ago after she featured in an article the The Nowra News calling for fellow knitters.
The calls came flooding in and the group now has around 30 members who meet monthly to knit and crochet wraps and blankets for those in need.
An international initiative, Wrap with Love began in 1992 and has seen more than 400,000 wraps delivered to people in more than 75 countries.
Just one square provides one twenty-eighth of warmth, and collectively, twenty-eight assembled squares create one whole warm and sheltering wrap.
Rae has been knitting for many years and said it gives her a sense of purpose.
“I’ve got to keep my fingers busy and you’re doing something for other people,” she said.
“You’re not doing it because you want something, you’re doing it to help others.”
The Nowra Wrap with Love group donates around 300 wraps every year, both locally and beyond.
They’ve donated knee rugs, baby jackets and wraps to the Shoalhaven Hospital’s oncology, renal, maternity and children’s wards. They’ve also made their way to local nursing homes.
They meet on the first Tuesday of the month, except January, in the meeting room of the Nowra Library.
On Tuesday, December 5 they hosted their annual public knit-in at the library and welcomed anyone to join in.
“You’re not doing it because you want something, you’re doing it to help others.”Rae Watson
“The library isn’t just a library, it’s a place for activity and action,” Rae said.
“It’s great that we have the opportunity to show people what we do.”
Everyone is welcome to join Nowra Wrap with Love. The group meets in the library’s downstairs meeting room between 10am and noon and always enjoys a cuppa and a chat.
Bring 8ply yarn and 4mm knitting needles, or a 3.5mm crochet hook with 8ply yarn. Easy instructions are available.
Contact Rae on 4446 5577 for more information.