WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.) has been rescuing and caring for native animals since 1985, officially launching as an
Knitting enthusiasts can help make a very big difference to the life of an orphaned joey by knitting a pouch to keep it warm and comforted through the winter months. Sewn fabric lining for the pouches are also needed.
The Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Services (WIRES) organisation takes in thousands of orphaned, sick and displaced joeys during the spring and summer months. These require long-term care before they have gained enough independence to be released back to the wild. Kangaroo, glider, wombat and other joeys spend a significant part of their early development in their mothers pouch. Those in care will utilise pouches knitted from natural fibres to gain comfort and warmth. Some are required for the tiny furless joeys and some for the larger joeys. This means that are two different size pouches that are useful for WIRES wildlife carers.
Amiki Knits is encouraging anyone with some extra yarn in their stash to knit for WIRES. Or, if you are short on time you can send your yarn into Amiki Knits and we can knit up for you. You will see pics of your contributions in action with regular social media updates.
Wool: 8 ply pure wool (we are unable to use pouches made from synthetic materials)
Knitting: Pouches should be knitted in plain (garter) stitch both sides
Needles: Size 8 needles (old UK size) or 4mm metric UK size needles
1. 18cm wide x 20cm long when finished (after sewing together),
2. 24cm wide x 30cm long when finished (after sewing together)
Closed on the two longer sides and one end, and left open at the top.
Material: Pure cotton or flannelette, washable material only
1. 18cm wide x 20cm long (after sewing together)
2. 24cm wide x 30cm long (after sewing together)
The lining should not be attached to the pouch as it will need to be changed regularly. We generally require many more linings than pouches to allow washing and regular changes. The lining should be closed on three sides and open at the top.
Other Sized Pouches
Other sized pouches are also gratefully received. Crocheted pouches are also accepted, however a tight crochet stitch is preferred for warmth. There is no one perfect size, these dimensions provide a guide.
Finished pouches can be posted to WIRES at:
PO Box 7276
Warringah Mall NSW 2100
Alternatively you can post your pouches to Amiki Knits. You could even come and drop off your donations to us at a market or knit party. Get in touch with us for more info:
PO Box 3020
Prahran East VIC 3181