Phillip’s knit­ting aids wor­thy causes

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS - By Keith Anderson Knit­ting is some­thing 61 year-old Phillip Boaden says he could do blind folded.

The pas­time he’s been do­ing for 53 years has pri­mar­ily been to sup­port wor­thy causes and over the past few months has been fo­cussing on knit­ting red pop­pies to give stu­dents at a Trar­al­gon pri­mary school to dis­play to mark Re­mem­brance Day on Novem­ber 11.

The “could knit blind folded” might be a throw-away line but it’s not far off the mark for vi­sion im­paired Phillip who has dou­ble vi­sion.

He now lives at Moe but trav­els to War­ragul one day a week for ac­tiv­ity ses­sions at the Vi­sion Aus­tralia cen­tre.

Phillip said he learned to knit as an eight year-old liv­ing in a boys’ home and when he saw some of the fe­male staff knit­ting he had the “cheek” to ask them to teach him. He’s barely put down the nee­dles since. Phillip said he’d knit­ted some jumpers for him­self over the years but most of what he’s made has been for char­i­ties.

“I’ve lost count of how many bean­ies I’ve knit­ted for the Sa­mar­i­tans’ Purse Shoe Box project – each box con­tains some­thing to wear, play with, to be used at school, to love and for per­sonal hy­giene – that are dis­trib­uted around the world to chil­dren liv­ing in poverty or af­fected by nat­u­ral dis­as­ters”.

He has also knit­ted blan­kets for the home­less and even pouches for baby an­i­mals such as wom­bats and pos­sums that have been left with­out a mother to pro­tect them. “I en­joy it”. It’s good to know what I knit goes to a good case, Phillip said.

Phillip Boaden might have dou­ble vi­sion but he was clock­ing the nee­dles at the Vi­sion Aus­tralia War­ragul cen­tre ear­lier this week knit­ting red pop­pies to give to a school to mark Re­mem­brance Day on Novem­ber 11.

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