Crocheting brings fellowship and creativity

Twice a week, each Tuesday and Thursday, a group of residents from Baptcare Karingal Community and led by Ernest, a volunteer, meet to crochet.

Having moved to Tasmania a year ago, Ernest was looking for a way to contribute to his local community.

Initially, he contemplated chatting and interacting with residents, but when Lana, the volunteer program coordinator saw him crocheting she proposed another idea – a crochet group.

The group now swaps ideas, creates beautiful pieces and shares in the joy of crocheting. Currently four residents regularly take part, as well as two staff members who contribute when they can.

Resident Doris is one of the crochet group’s regulars. She used to crochet in her room and didn’t socialise very much, however she now attends the crochet group every week and thoroughly enjoys it.

“The change in Doris has been amazing, she smiles and talks with the other crochet group members now,” said Ernest.

The group’s pieces are sold to visitors, residents and staff of Karingal Community in the foyer of the residential aged care facility. Baby blankets, booties, jackets, and scarves are just some of the items that have been created for purchase. All proceeds from the sales go to buying new materials and patterns for new creations.

Ernest first learnt to crochet 40 years ago, when his great aunt taught him the art and he has been doing it ever since. He most enjoys the sense of community spirit it evokes and the fellowship and creativity of the group at Karingal Community.

“All the members within the crochet group learn from each other, share their ideas and take real pride showing their work. The community spirit and fellowship brought about by several people simply crocheting is inspiring” said Ernest.

As the group continues to crochet with the encouragement and support of the Karingal Community, it is Ernest’s hope that there is opportunity for more craft groups to emerge in the future to further showcase the creativity of the residents.