Knitting for a sharp mind
HOBBY HELPS KEEP PEARL’S MIND ACTIVE
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.