Meet Sylvia B.
Hello, I’m Sylvia B. and I’m a Wonky knitter.
How long have you been knitting?
I have knit for over 60 years. I started knitting at 6 and knit my first jumper when I was 7 (probably with help)
Is it a family tradition? Have you taught your children?
Both my Grannies and my mum knit, they learnt me to knit. I taught my children but only one of them knit occasionally.
How many grandchildren do you have?
I have 11 grandchildren. Kathy is 20, and learnt to knit when young but doesn’t knit now. Lucy is 7 and can knit wee scarves for her dolls.
How long does it take you to knit a hat? A scarf?
Bobble hats take about 6 hours and the cable one 7 hours approximately, a scarf takes about 5 nights so 20 hours I think.
What does Wonky mean to you or how has it been working with Wonky?
I have loved knitting hats and scarves I love being busy and helping people.
Why do you want to help women in Bolivia/Guatemala?
When I read the article in the paper I thought that’s something I could do.
Do you have other causes you support?
Yes cancer and hospice charities. Also, church missionary organisations in Malawi.
What is favourite place in Mourne?
I love the mountains and the sea, so Cranfield. I walk a lot in the forest parks – Silent Valley, Kilbroney, Tollymore and Castlewellan.
Teach me local slang
Ma and Da