Imagiknit is a project within Jubilee's Sun Shade ministry. Sunshade is a support group for women in the Salt River and surrounding areas, spawning numerous projects over the years to support the women participating in the group.
ImagineKnit is a community knitting initiative where
women can be creative and productive, learn new
skills and be affirmed.
Imagiknit is more than a means of income, it’s a place of friendship, community and meaning. The ladies participate at no cost and work together to produce beautiful hand-knitted blankets.
These blankets are then sold and profits are split between contributors. Some of the women are homeless and unemployed, some have occasional or part-time employment. For all of them every bit helps.
Sandra, who grew up in Cape Town, left school to work full-time at the age of 13. Her first job was at the bioscope in town, but for most of her adult life – 30 years! – she worked in the cutting room of a clothing manufacturing company. At the age of 50 she was made redundant.
“I like to work and keep busy” she says.
Antoinette, ImagineKnit coordinator agrees “She’s not kidding - she is the most productive lady at ImagineKnit! She only learnt to knit two years ago, but she loves it. She has mastered every pattern thrown at her. The more challenging, the better.”
“What makes me happy? Serving the Lord!” beams Sandra.
Sandra grew up in a Moslem family but converted to Christianity in later years. The highlight of her week is going to church. She loves being part of the Jubilee community, getting to know its members and being able to help when she can.
She lives in Woodstock with her husband of 39 years, as do her adult children. She loves being able to see her grandchildren often.
Family finances are a challenge. Money earned from the sale of ImagineKnit blankets usually goes toward food and groceries, but she set some aside to buy wool to knit her own blanket. She completed the blanket in record time and already has her eye on another colour scheme!