HELPING HAND: Colleen Sylvester knits adorable woolly bilbies, and sales go to the Save The Bilby Fund.
HELPING HAND: Colleen Sylvester knits adorable woolly bilbies, and sales go to the Save The Bilby Fund. Carly Everitt

Saving the bilby one thread at a time

CUTE and cuddly knitted bilbies, made by Colleen Sylvester, have become the latest phenomenon among grey nomads, but it is the real critters who will reap the benefits.

Through the sale of her woollen bilby creations, which include toys, beanies, scarves and even baby booties, Mrs Sylvester has raised $476 for Save the Bilby Fund.

Mrs Sylvester's new enterprise, which she calls Save the Bilbies, only started this year, but its inspiration came from a trip she made to Charleville two years ago.

"I was holiday here in Charleville with my husband Barry, and one night over the campfire at the Evening Star Caravan Park, the owner Craig told us about the plight of the bilby,” Mrs Sylvester said.

"We went home after that, but upon our return the next year, I presented Craig with a hand-knitted bilby as a mascot for the park.

"After that first one, I had the help of a few more friends to knit even more bilbies. Thanks to them, Save the Bilby was formed, with all proceeds going to the fund.”

Since arriving from their home town of Morisset last month, the Sylvesters have sold out of their bilby goods, but Charleville can expect another visit from the bilby-knitters in the future.

Mrs Sylvester has even expanded the yarning circle to fellow travellers, meaning even more hand-made bilbies may arrive on the next trip.

"We see the same people each time we come here, and have built a bond,” Mrs Sylvester said.

"I'm pleased to say a few more ladies who I've met around the park have come on board with some great ideas for when we come back in 2020.”


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