Actress Hilary Swank wears garment knitted by Victor Harbor's Phyllis Williams in Sci Fi movie

LOVE OF KNITTING: Phyllis Williams has knitted garments and costumes for screen and stage productions and is part of the local 'Yarn' group, which meets each Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon at the Victor Library.
LOVE OF KNITTING: Phyllis Williams has knitted garments and costumes for screen and stage productions and is part of the local 'Yarn' group, which meets each Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon at the Victor Library.

The 'Yarn' exhibition that was held at the Victor Harbor Library in conjunction with 'World Knitting Day' this year attracted good attendances, showing of a large range of hand crafted garments made by the group.

Organisers of the exhibition Annie Basham and Phyllis Williams said they were delighted that so many people dropped in to the library to view the garments. "I think there appears to be a huge resurgence of knitting enthusiasts in this region," Annie Basham said.

Phyllis Williams, a member of the 'Yarn' knitting group, has raised knitting to a new level. She is excited about her small part in a new sci-fi movie released by Netflix. Phyllis was commissioned by the South Australian Film Corporation to produce a garment for leading lady Hilary Swank, star of 'I am Mother', to wear during that movie.

It took her two weeks to complete the intricate patterned garment. She has also knitted garments for the troops in the 'Deadline Gallipoli' movie and costumes for screen and stage productions.

Phyllis spent 18 years teaching a 'Costume for Performance' course at the TAFE college in Adelaide. She specialised in dance costumes working with many Adelaide dance companies. All of her hand knitted garments are made using special fine wool that is easy to dye. Her garments are all intrinsically patterned and most are large items like dresses and sweaters.

Phyllis and her husband Terry came to Encounter Bay at the same time that the Yarn knitting group came into being. Phyllis said she didn't know anyone in the area and joined the group, which now meet every Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon at the Victor Harbor Library.

"The group provides a great social aspect, as well as giving us the opportunity to share information, patterns, tips and material information. I was pleasantly surprised at the standard of creativity within the group, but there's always room for more members even those who are beginners," Phyllis said.

For Phyllis, knitting is a big part of her life and she claims that she rarely sits down without her knitting needles.

"Knitting is great for young people, as well as the elderly, as it gives one patience, dexterity, hand and eye co-ordination, as well as the thrill of creating and this makes it the perfect hobby for all," Phyllis said.

"Knitting is not just for women, but can be enjoyed as a hobby for both males and females of any age. Years ago men knitted, especially shepherds and fishermen and when men do knit they knit well."

Phyllis will have her creativity on display in a textile exhibition to be held as part of SALA at the Old Woollen Mills at Lobethal in August.

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