Hookers with hearts of gold

2017-02-28 16:35
The crocheting hookers with hearts of gold are, back from left, Ruth Ely from Grassy Park, Luisa Pearson from Oakridge, Florence Reddy from Grassy Park and Ansie Potgieter from Constantia. Sitting are Patrica Walker from Heathfield, Sandi King from Rondebosch and Monica van der Bergh from Grassy Park.

The crocheting hookers with hearts of gold are, back from left, Ruth Ely from Grassy Park, Luisa Pearson from Oakridge, Florence Reddy from Grassy Park and Ansie Potgieter from Constantia. Sitting are Patrica Walker from Heathfield, Sandi King from Rondebosch and Monica van der Bergh from Grassy Park. (Gary van Dyk)

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A group of happy hookers have a passion for keeping the community warm during cold winter months.

Before you go running off to the vice squad to report a house of ill repute note that these hookers use crochet hooks and knitting needles to ply their trade of goodwill.

The group we are talking about are the Hookers and Knitters of the Southern Suburbs, a gathering of women who meet once a week in Oakridge. They’re making blankets for a special cause.

“We’re also known as the Wooligans,” says Florence Reddy, from Grassy Park, as the ladies start retrieving balls of wool and the blankets they are busy with. The other important activity is the first glass of champagne or wine to get the evening’s activities going.

“This is also part of the fun of this group with a glass of wine to keep the crocheting and knitting going, even though we have a few non-drinkers in the group.

“If you’re looking for somebody to blame for all this fun for a good cause, blame Nelson Mandela.”

The group met three years ago when they were taking part in a project to make 67 blankets for Nelson Mandela Day and just “clicked”.

Luisa Pearson from Oakridge, at whose home the women gather, explains that after that first meeting they enjoyed the companionship so much that they wanted to keep going.

“It grew from meeting once a month to every week,” she says. “Making the blankets is so important but it’s the good company that plays a big part in our activities.”

Ruth Ely from Grassy Park says: “It’s important that we do these blankets for those who need it in our communities. We are also about giving people new skills and go out to companies to teach people how they can knit and crochet to make a difference in so many lives.”

Sandi King from Rondebosch adds that their aim is to encourage people to knit or crochet blankets and to donate them to the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day project.

“It is most rewarding being involved in an organisation which knits broken lives together,” she says.

“We also encourage people to join us when we host a knitathon where we make as many blankets as we can on a day. The next one will be this Saturday at the Kaleidoscope Market in Toffee Lane, Claremont.

“This will be a wonderful opportunity for people to pop by to donate handmade blankets, squares or wool or to just simply sit and knit or crochet a square or two.”

For more information visit www.67blankets.co.za or call Florence Reddy on 072 731 0684 or Sandi King on 072 211 6704.

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