Wollongong students nash knitting needles for needy

Colourful: Tamara Lilliendal with the hundreds of squares knitted by students. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Colourful: Tamara Lilliendal with the hundreds of squares knitted by students. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Students at Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts have literally taken a thread and turned it into a blanket, as a small class task turned into a school-wide knitting project, aiding impoverished communities around the globe.

Laury Furney's textiles class, after finishing up a project creating costumes for a school production, turned to knitting small squares for Wrapped With Love. The charity group collects the squares and sews them into large warm blankets, to be distributed to communities worldwide.

"It's so important to have teenagers exposed to charity," Ms Furney said.

"There were plenty of beginner knitters, ones who didn't know how to knit at all."

The class project soon infiltrated the whole school, with dozens of staff and students picking up wool and needles to do their part.

"We had staff and children all across the school get involved, even some grandmas doing squares," Ms Furney said.

"There's a few hours work in each square. It took me forever to do one."

Over two months more than 300 wool squares were knitted together, enough for a big pile of warm blankets. Ms Furney said music teacher Sue Nethery contributed more than 30 pieces to the collection.

"I was a beginner, and I got my mum into it too," said year 8 student Tamara Lilliendal.

"It's a good cause. I'm going to keep knitting."

Wollongong High will send their knitted squares to Wrapped With Love, who will distribute the blankets to aid agencies.

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