Knitted chooks a neat treat

Kind gesture: Heather McTackett and Florence Scherer knitted 74 chickens to give as an Easter present to nursing home residents. Picture: Simon Bennett
Kind gesture: Heather McTackett and Florence Scherer knitted 74 chickens to give as an Easter present to nursing home residents. Picture: Simon Bennett

While many youngsters unwrapped chocolate eggs on Sunday, the residents at a Thirlmere nursing home received a handmade knitted chicken.

Two residents living at Agris Hutrof House RSL LifeCare decided to do something nice for the other residents this Easter.

Florence Scherer and Heather McTackett, both 89 years old, knitted 74 chickens to give to the residents and staff.

Acting manager Michelle Hopping said knitting the chickens had taken the pair about six weeks.

“Initially the women were going to knit the chickens for charity however that did not eventuate,” she said. “They still had the pattern and the wool was donated so they started knitting.”

Ms Scherer said she and Ms McTackett spent many hours on the task and it was worth it in the end because everyone appreciated the gesture.

“We are both good knitters and we wanted to keep ourselves busy so we decided to make an Easter present,” Ms Scherer said. “It took us about an hour to make one chicken because we are not as fast as we used to be.

“Everyone still got two chocolate eggs because you can’t have a chicken without an egg. Other residents also helped us create a little nest using paddle pop sticks and shredded paper.”

Ms Hopping said the residents and staff were a close community and the women wanted to do something nice for the residents, especially those without family, so that everybody had a present.