BIG MILESTONE: Dorothy Gregory has just finished knitting 1000 jumpers for children overseas.
BIG MILESTONE: Dorothy Gregory has just finished knitting 1000 jumpers for children overseas. Allan Reinikka Rokaknittin

Rockhampton retiree knitting for a good cause

WHEN Dorothy Gregory heard babies born in Papua New Guinea were wrapped in newspaper, she knew something had to be done.

So four years ago the Rockhampton woman set about knitting jumpers to fit the newborns.

She has recently celebrated a major milestone, knitting her 1000th jumper.

Dorothy, who turns 86 today, knitted five to six jumpers a week, but didn't set a target initially.

"It got to the stage I thought 'I'm damn well going to get to 1000 if it's the last thing I do'," she said.

"I've enjoyed doing it. Originally I came from England... and I used to be knitting jumpers and cardigans for my sons.

"I like to be doing something."

Dorothy said her mother taught her to knit as a child, setting off a lifelong passion for the craft.

"From then on I was always knitting or sewing," she said.

"You can see you're getting something for your efforts."

Dorothy's next project is knitting a blanket with leftover wool.



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