What is GOG?
Good Omen Goodeze (affectionately known as GOG) is a Canberra based community needle-craft group providing personalised hand crafted comfort ‘Goodies’, for patients and their loved ones in need of comfort or warmth within the Canberra Health Services. We have proudly been supplying patients and families of the Canberra Hospital since May 2017. This includes patients of all ages and in all areas within the hospital, with a special focus on the Intensive Care Unit, Aged Care and End of Life Care.
How did Good Omen Goodeze get started?
One of our founding members knitted a beanie for a loved one who was going through chemotherapy. She loved knitting and being creative and saw how much comfort the beanie brought, so she kept knitting and donated a couple of beanies to the ICU Department at the Canberra Hospital. It wasn’t long before friends and other community members became involved, and voila! Good Omen Goodeze was born! Currently our online membership has grown to in excess of 330 members!
What type of things do you make?
We make hand crafted comfort goods using donated materials. Most of our goods are knitted, crocheted or sewn by people that kindly donate their time, skills and resources to help others. We make lap rugs, beanies, scarves, slippers, small quilts and many other comfort items. We prefer our completed lap rugs to be at least 1.2m x 1.2m square up to around 1.5m x 1.5m.
Can I get involved if I don’t have a lot of time?
Yes! You can knit or crochet just a few squares (we prefer 15 x 15cm or 20 x 20cm) or make a small toy or beanie, depending on how much time you have. Also, if you have skills in other areas that you feel may be able to support us such as administration or IT, please feel free to contact us with suggestions.
I’m not very experienced, is that ok?
Yes! Basic stitches are all you need to make a square. Also, if you would like to join us but don’t know how to knit or crochet, we are more than happy to instruct and provide you with simple patterns to get you started.
What kind of yarn should I use?
Any colour, size or consistency is fine, depending on the item you are creating. If you would like to make squares, we prefer our members to use 8ply acrylic yarn if possible, for ease of joining. If you can donate the material that’s great, otherwise contact us as we may have yarn and materials that we can give you to work with.
Do you have regular Working Bees?
Our members mostly create from the comfort of their own homes, however we come together twice a month for ‘working bees’ where we work on joint projects, share information, skills and ideas and enjoy a cuppa in a creative and positive atmosphere. If you think you might like to come along to our next working bee, contact us via email, Facebook or check out our website for the details.
Once I have completed a project, what should I do?
If you have completed a project or would like to donate materials, you can drop them off at the following venues :
Hobbysew, Belconnen Mall
Crafty Frog, Kambah
or contact us to make other arrangements. Please mark all donations attention to Mary (Good Omen Goodeze – GOG)
If you would like to contact us, please feel free to email or message us via our facebook group.
Good Omen Goodeze is fully endorsed by The Canberra Hospital Foundation.