Wednesday, 4th March, 2015
By Emily Roberts
For the past eight years, Muriel Niemann has been knitting jumpers to donate overseas - she recently reached her 1,000th jumper.
Muriel has been making jumpers, beanies and blankets for AIDs babies in Africa.
“In 2007, I broke my ankle and I was laid up, my next door neighbour came in with half a knitted jumper,” Muriel said.
“She asked if I wanted to make some as well.”
Muriel continued to make the jumpers until the organisation didn’t require them anymore.
“I saw that there were ads for Rotary in Port Pirie asking for jumpers,” she said.
“I’ve been doing it ever since. I’m in my eighth year now.
“I make a number of jumpers and then I send them away, sometimes I send 50 or sometimes it’s 40.”
It only takes Muriel eight hours to knit a jumper - that also includes coffee breaks. She will knit from 7pm until 1am.
Muriel will be 88 in May and said knitting keeps her busy.
“I’ve made 465 beanies, six rugs and 1,006 jumpers - I’m onto 1,007.
“I’ve quite a bit of wool donated, but I’ve bought a lot.
“Two skeins of wool can make three jumpers.”
She takes the jumpers to the Parisian Dry Cleaners and they are collected by a staff member from Lifeline or from Channel 7 staff members to be taken to Port Pirie.
Muriel also keeps her family in mind when knitting.
“I’ve made nine jumpers which I have given away, six beanies and other items that I’ve made in the meantime,” she said.
“I hadn’t seen a baby in one of my jumpers.”
She made a jumper and beanie for her youngest great, granddaughter, Eliza.
“It’s a good way to keep active - it’s a lost art. Not many people want hand-knitted items any more.
“I hope I’ve made 1,000 little babies warm.”
Anyone looking to donate wool for Muriel can drop 8 ply wool into the BDT office.