Our People: Pep Hart
By Kerrie Subritzky
Pep Hart has been addicted to knitting hats ever since her Addi hat knitting machine arrived four months ago from Germany. She’s been knitting about two a day since then, 120 hats in total so far.
It all started with socks. Years ago, Pep’s grandmother used to knit beautiful socks, but Pep never mastered the technique. Then ten years ago she came across a YouTube video tutorial, and never looked back.
But socks took so long to make, and you have to make two. So, she looked online for a machine to do the job. Instead, she happened upon a machine that made hats.
Pep has six great-grandchildren and has made hats for them all. But she had made so many that she needed to find an outlet for them. But where?
During last year’s big lockdown Pep received a food parcel from VisionWest which contained chocolate. It was a small luxury, but had made a big impression on her, so she decided to contact them to see if they had a use for the hats. They sure did, and were super excited to be able to pass them on to the homeless community.
Pep initially had concerns about some of the hats being too brightly coloured, assuming they were going to men. It was an eye opener to her that many in the homeless community are women.
Pep cheerfully purchases most of the wool herself. She enjoys being able to choose colours and create designs. However, a neighbour learned about Pep’s new hat-making career and recently donated a large black sack of wool.
Pep’s hats are beautiful. The machine process means that they are double skinned, so are incredibly warm. Pep has a great eye for colour and design, and also has made gorgeous blankets, which are works of art. “I learn a lot and keep up with the trends by watching YouTube videos”, she says modestly. “You can learn just about anything there”.