Parlour of purl and plain to ease pain

A funeral parlour is the last place where you'd think you'd have a ball.

But this is what the newly-formed Minchinbury Knitting Group does when it meets once a week at Guardian Funerals.

The group started after a funeral arranger 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.

"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.

"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."

Squares are stitched together to make socks, scarves and blankets to give to nursing homes.

Beneficiaries include St Marys Gardens, Southern Cross Care at Plumpton and Mount Druitt Hospital's palliative care ward.

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