Hand-made blankets, books, cards, dog beds, scarves and even Christmas ornaments were up for grabs at Banksia Lodge Fete on Friday.
Residents and volunteers at the retirement home had spent the year working tirelessly on making crochet blankets and other craft items to sell at their annual fete.
Lifestyle and leisure coordinator Chris Crawford said the event had been running for about four years and was started purely as a social day.
It attracted about 100 people, including residents and their families and friends to the retirement home.
Ms Crawford said it was good for the resident to socialise and see how much people loved their home-made items.
“It’s done as a social thing for interaction for the residents with their families and friends and neighbours,” she said.
“Many of these people grew up having fetes.”
“I think it enhances their self-worth, they’re still a person who can hold a conversation, voice their interests, people are listening to what they say and everyone likes to be heard.”
Ms Crawford said the fete also had an important purpose among the residents and volunteers.
“We do craft weekly and we wanted the craft to have a purpose so when we’re making things they’re for the fete,” she said.
Resident Elsie Joske spent the year busily making 23 crochet blankets for the fete.
“I keep saying to Chris, ‘How many more do you want?’ and she says, ‘As long as you knit and crochet them I’ll have them’,” she said.
Mrs Joske said she learned to crochet when she was 50 when her physiotherapist encouraged her to do it and she made blankets throughout the year.
“They hound me all year to buy one of the rugs, but you can’t sell them all through the year, I could never keep up with making them, so we have to save them for the fete,” she said.
By Sionnie Kelly
As published in the Shepparton News, Tuesday, September 16, 2014