Getting ahead with hats – it’s a purler

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By John Keast

Kate Murney is keeping the cold out for the homeless with hats.

Mrs Murney, members of her family and friends have set up a group, The Purlers, to knit beanies for those in need.

It has taken off.

After hearing about the need, Mrs Murney and pals started knitting and thought she might have 15 by Christmas.

As it turned out, she delivered 87 beanies.

Knitting began in September when she heard of the need, and Mrs Murney dropped off wool and needles to friends and relatives – and The Purlers was born.

The beanies, and fingerless gloves, are distributed through the Salvation Army, soup kitchens, and Women’s Refuge.

“It’s just snowballed, and been so much fun,” Mrs Murney said.

She outlined the project to people at the Park Street day care centre – many of whom were wearing beanies knitted by staff.

Several took home wool and needles to knit more.

Mrs Murney said The Purlers would be at Relay for Life, and someone was sponsoring $100 for each beanie knitted at the event.

eight or four-ply wool or needles to donate to the project can drop them off to the day care centre in Park Street.