Thank you to all the Goodeze who came along today to another hugely successful biweekly GOG working bee. 🐝Despite the turn of bad weather there was a huge member turn out, and a large portion of new members and faces; we all had an absolute blast. We had a wonderful visit from the lovely Chris, a past patient of the ICU and one of the first recipients of a GOG beanie. He shared with us stories about the patient journey, and how much of a positive impact the goodies our members create makes. We received mountains of amazing Goodies and are very thankful to everyone who has donated; we are so excited to pass them on to the hospital. 😁
A few new ideas were thrown around at this GOG meeting and we are excited to introduce the Colour of the Month project, where each month people crochet or knit one square of a certain colour and size, and bring it in to be sewn up to make one communally made blanket. Robin (with a bin) 😉will be around to provide further details on that. We are also going to hold a Pink Ribbon Feast on the 20th of October, so please keep the day free so we can all come together to celebrate the strength of women with breast cancer all around the world, and help raise money for a great cause. 💖
Finally, if you’re stuck on what to start next, we are currently putting a call out for footy blankets, cannula covers, and Gogsters. If you have any questions or need any wool; don’t hesitate to contact us. We have packs already made up to hand out! (Thanks for the help Amanda!) 😁
Thank you as always for all your time and work, without you all this would not be possible. We are so lucky to be surrounded by such loving and giving people, what a beautiful family we have become and we’re so excited that we’re still growing.💖💕
Thank you to all the lovely Goodeze who ventured out in the freezing cold Canberra temperatures to make it to our working bee yesterday! 💕😊 It was so nice to welcome some new members once again and we had a lots of laughs and many gorgeous Goodies to marvel at on our show and tell table! 😁 Just love the vibe at these ‘stitch-ins’! 💕 A special mention to our super winders and de-tanglers for making quick work of a job that took many hours in the past – you guys are legends! 😁💖
We had another wonderful working bee today! 😁 Thank you to all the GOGs who came, everyone who donated Goodies, and as always the lovely Goodeze who give their time to make this group so successful! We had a fantastic turn out and an abundance of Goodeze and yarn donated. 💖 From knitting to crocheting, to getting tangled in yarn, we all worked successfully over laughs and wonderful stories! Keep an eye out for the next Working Bee, and we hope to see you there! 😁💕💖
One of the things I love about the group is the commitment to sharing techniques and tips … – Barbara
What a great afternoon it was to be inside our ‘new home’ crafting and laughing away the afternoon when the temperature outside was below 10 degrees! 😁 Yesterday’s Working Bee included a ‘fashion parade’ (thanks Vicki!), lessons in ‘Portuguese Knitting’ (thanks Zoe), wool winding (thanks Amanda) and crochet! Another thoroughly enjoyable day ladies! Thanks for coming along and making it lots of fun and so productive! 💖😍
Today we held our second installment of Mindfulness In-Services at the Canberra Hospital ICU – Crochet for Mindfulness.
A huge thank you to the Goodeze who gave up their time to come in and pass on the art and joy of crochet and to the staff who took time out of their incredibly busy day to join us! 💖 Also, special thanks goes to Kath and the ICU team for inviting us in once again to spend an enjoyable afternoon with an amazing team!
We hope that sharing these skills with you today will lead to hours of mindful relaxation and the joy that comes from being creative for yourself and others! 😊💕
On the 30th of June GoG moved into our new digs at the University of Canberra Hospital in Bruce! The following is a roundup of the day! 😊
There’s an advantage to being a member of GOG; you can share in a wonderful afternoon of chatting, creating and coffee in a very comfortable room at the University Hospital.😊
Outside might have been cold and grey, but today GOG members were very warm while finishing projects and sharing creative ideas with each other at our inaugural Working Bee at UCH.
At the end of our session we were gifted several blankets, comfort toys, Gogsters, beanies and socks from our members. It was wonderful to see so many members, old and new and all of your amazing work! We continue to grow in strength because of your dedication and creativity and the generosity of those who support us in our endeavours. 💖
Thank you especially to Danielle from UCH for her assistance with arranging our new digs!
Goodeze one and all! 😆 Goodeze …Goody, goody, yum, yum! 😉😆💕💖
What a fabulous day today turned out to be! We had lots of interest in GOG and our projects and it was wonderful to be able to connect with like minded souls & the greater community through knitting & crochet.
Thank you to the many members of the public who turned out today to share their enthusiasm and love for stitching and a warm welcome to all our new members who signed up today! Since our last KIP Day, our Facebook membership has grown from 15 to 200!! I wonder where we’ll be at this time next year!! 😁 I look forward to seeing you again at one of our Working Bees! 😊
Thank you to all the Goodeze who came along and made it such a success! Pat yourselves on the back for a job well done! (Can you tell I work in a school!) 😉 ⭐⭐
Finally, thank you to Meghan and Cass from Westfield, for their support and a huge thank you to the many people who donated yarn or purchased tickets in our raffle. I can’t wait for Knit in Public Day 2020!! 💖💜
WWKIP DAY is unique in that it’s the largest knitter run event in the world. Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers.
The event is growing in size each year with many groups assembling throughout Canberra and the surrounding regions. Once again this year ‘Good Omen Goodeze’ (GoG) is taking part in this event which will be held from 10 – 3pm on Saturday 8th June in the Centre Court, level 1, (outside Myer) at Westfield Belconnen Mall.
This will be a day for us to enjoy participating in and sharing the art of knitting and crocheting to the general public! GoG members will be creating squares for a blanket which will be donated to the Canberra Hospital and will be offering interested members of the public a chance to learn either skill by providing donated yarn and equipment on the day. We will also have French knitting spools and pom pom makers made from recycled cardboard for children to come down, learn and new skill and join in the fun!
Join us and be part of a very creative, passionate local charity group and be part of a global movement!
For more information regarding this event, please visit our information page on the WWKIP Day website:
Tess and I had the honour of speaking to the students and teachers at Campbell high school regarding the positive impact their generosity is having on patients, family members and staff at TCH. Campbell is the second school to join the GOG family and I am in awe of their incredible work so far.😊💖
Thank you to the Principal and teaching staff, especially Sarjit and Belinda for making this wonderful collaboration happen. We’re all thrilled to have such an incredibly giving community join our family, and are excited to see their new creations in the coming term. 💖💜
“A study conducted by Harvard Medical School’s Mind and Body Institute found that knitting induces an enhanced state of calm similar to that of yoga!”
This was the key message for today’s GoG “Knitting for Mindfulness” in- service held at the Canberra Hospital.
It was an honour to be invited by the ICU team to speak about the benefits of knitting for relaxation and mindfulness. It was wonderful to see so many members of staff come along, pick up a pair of needles and give knitting a go! Many of the staff members who came along had learnt how to knit in the past, but as often happens, life gets very busy and the simple joys are often the things that we leave behind on our journey.
Many thanks to Christa, Mel, Kerry and Krishna for all their support on the day and the ICU team for the invitation! We look forward to the next time when we’ll be holding a “Crocheting for Mindfulness” session!
The following is a post taken from the Canberra Hospital Foundation Facebook Page.
Today the wonderful Good Omen-Goodeze (GOGs) presented a “Knitting for Mindfulness” session for the staff in ICU. Before running the knitting class, Mary spoke about the therapeutic benefits of knitting and crocheting, and how enriching it feels to create comfort items for those who are unwell.