Jean­nine bags a pur­ple rosette for her cro­chet

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

ANY time Jean­nine Smith is sit­ting down she tends to have a hook or a set of knit­ting nee­dles in her hand.

Thanks to her ded­i­ca­tion to her craft the 59-year-old picked up a haul of awards at the Ekka.

Ms Smith’s knit­ted toy en­try won first place, as did her mis­cel­la­neous cro­chet item, in their re­spec­tive sec­tions.

The lat­ter, a mochila bag, which took 60 hours to cre­ate, was also named the best in show for the en­tire cro­chet sec­tion and sold on the first day of the Ekka.

“I’m al­ways mak­ing some­thing,” Ms Smith said.

“I like the sat­is­fac­tion of mak­ing some­thing and know­ing that it’s unique. I re­ally like to make some­thing per­fectly.

“So I pride my­self on the qual­ity of my work­man­ship.

“I get a lot of re­quests from my daugh­ters and grand­chil­dren.”

The Gat­ton res­i­dent was taught how to knit as a four-year-old by her mother, who made her use chicken feath­ers in­stead of nee­dles, and she has been cro­chet­ing since she was a teenager.

Ms Smith has en­tered the Ekka for the last cou­ple of years and al­ways come home with at least one or two prizes but the pur­ple rosette is her best achieve­ment.

There was ex­tra sat­is­fac­tion in wrest­ing it from the usual sus­pects.

“Ev­ery­one wants the pur­ple rib­bon,” she said.

“Blue is good but pur­ple is bet­ter. It usu­ally goes to the doily mak­ers. I re­ally wanted to beat the doily mak­ers.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED

IN DE­MAND: Jean­nine Smith in front of her prize-win­ning mochila bag.

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