Knit­ting for a sharp mind


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FOR Pearl Wil­liams (98), knit­ting was a way to cheaply clothe her four chil­dren, but now it helps her pass the time and keep her mind ac­tive.

The for­mer Bentley res­i­dent has been dubbed the “knit­ting guru” by staff and res­i­dents at Arch­bishop Goody Hos­tel, where she is the old­est res­i­dent.

She makes Easter and Christ­mas­themed dolls for friends, fam­ily and char­ity.

“I learned to knit in pri­mary school,” she said.

“The first thing we made were lit­tle squares and I learned to fol­low a pat­tern.”

Mrs Wil­liams said she liked to keep her­self oc­cu­pied be­tween vis­its from her three sur­viv­ing chil­dren, four grand­chil­dren, six great-grand­chil­dren and seven great-great-grand­chil­dren.

“I read, do cross­words, I al­ways have to have some­thing to do,” she said.

The child of an English fa­ther and Ir­ish mother, Mrs Wil­liams grew up in In­dia when the Bri­tish ruled, be­fore mov­ing to Aus­tralia and mak­ing a home in Bentley.

“I taught there (In­dia) for quite a few years and I was ed­u­cated in a con­vent by nuns,” she said.

“I came to Aus­tralia in 1958. My son had asthma and I wanted to come to a drier cli­mate, but I had to pay through my nose to get here.

“We came by boat, it took a cou­ple of weeks and there were only two fam­i­lies on the boat.”

Pearl Wil­liams knits for fam­ily, friends and char­ity.

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