A funeral parlour is the last place you’d think of where you would have a ball.
The newly formed Minchinbury Knitting Group does when it meets once weekly at Guardian Funerals.
The group started after a funeral arrangers transferred from the Windsor branch and brought along her army of knitters.
The branch has a house at its Pinegrove Memorial Park site which has been renamed The Knitting House
The group has grown to 10 members in the last month.
‘‘It’s inspired me to learn how to knit,’’ branch location manager Fiona Boulous said.
‘‘Our hope is the group will expand and become an active part of the community. Helping make them feel part of the community. For some members, it’s one day of the week they get out of the house.’’
Knitters can still be involved if they can’t make it to meetings.
‘‘There are some who do it from home because they can’t get here,’’ Mrs Boulous said.
‘‘We can drop off the wool and pick up finished squares.’’
Socks, scarves and squares sewn together to make blankets are given to nursing homes.
Beneficiaries incluide St Marys Gardens, Minchinbury Manor, Our Lady of Consulation, Southern Cross Care at Plumpton and Mount Druitt Hospital’s palliative care ward.
‘‘Some residents at these places don’t have family nearby to visit often so to get something like a blanket is very special to them,’’ Mrs Boulous said.
The group also knits clothes to dress stillborn babies for family viewings before they’re buried at Pinegrove.
Mount Druitt firefighters are among the group’s biggest supporters and regularly drop by with donated wool.
More knitters and donations of wool are welcomed with open arms.
The Minchinbury Knitting Group meets Tuesdays, 9am-noon
Morning tea is supplied.