Vision-impaired Thornlands resident Sandra Almond knits beanies for Redlands palliative care patients

GIVING BACK: Caregiver Karen Hunter, Sandra Almond and care manager Melanie Strydom.
GIVING BACK: Caregiver Karen Hunter, Sandra Almond and care manager Melanie Strydom.

A BLIND Thornlands resident has proven she does not need her vision to give back to the community, knitting beanies for palliative care patients.

In July, Sandra Almond and her Home Instead caregiver Karen Hunter began kitting and crocheting beanies for the patients in hospital to warm them during winter and lift their spirits.

Together, they have created about 30 beanies.

Ms Almond said she had been knitting since she was four years old.

"I picked it up when I was in hospital after I went blind to prove that I could still do it," she said.

"It's just all by feel."

The hats were made using a pattern Ms Almond had remembered from many years ago.

Ms Hunter said Ms Almond needed limited help to make the hats.

"Because she's had the talent beforehand it's just really enjoyable to do it together," she said.

"I can describe colours to her and she'll tell me what she wants.

"We do it together, we chat along the way."

It is not the only creative endeavour Ms Almond has picked up in recent years.

"We started on mosaics - I did a sample piece so she could feel it and she just took off," Ms Hunter said.

"But crocheting and knitting is something we fall back on because it's comforting.

"It's great, you're putting so much joy into what you do."

Care manager Melanie Strydom said she hoped the project would inspire others to give back to the community.

"It was something ... to inspire people out there that you don't have to have your eyesight to be able to do these creative projects," she said.

"Sandra doesn't have eyesight but she's still been able to make these beautiful art."