Many years ago, Eve Edwards, a resident of the Aveo Minkara Resort retirement village, started to knit trauma teddies for children’s charities. After making the first hundred or so, she found them to be boring so she started to invent little quirks of her own with the patterns.
Eve found patterns for an octopus and Bananas in Pyjamas, and proceeded to master them. She also invented ‘Ladies in Banana Pyjamas’ by knitting the clothes in pink and white. Several years ago, Eve donated an octopus and Bananas in Pyjamas and a few teddies to the annual Aveo Minkara Resort Market Day of which all proceeds go to charity. “All of my toys are knitted with new wool and have new filling. I actually call my teddies ‘Eddies’ and ‘Lady Eddies’,” Eve said. “Every one of my toys is an individual. No two are exactly the same and I try to give each a personality. I have never sold a toy; they have all been given away.” The length of time is takes Eve to create a toy varies greatly. Besides actually knitting, there is the sewing up, filling, embroidery of features and making any additional items of clothing or apparel. Eve plans to donate a number of her toys to the Manly Women’s Shelter charity at the 2015 Aveo Minkara Resort Market Day on Saturday, 20 June.