IT'S PINS and needles and mountains of wool.
Along with laughter, coffee, cake and a whole lot of cheekiness.
These are the women (pictured) who make up Liverpool's local knitting group.
Sponsored by the Liverpool Council, they volunteer their time and efforts to create garments for those who need it most.
For many years the group has met once a week to knit blankets for the RSPCA, prosthetic breasts or "knitted knockers" for women affected by breast cancer, trauma teddies for the NSW Ambulance and hats and booties for premature babies.
Thelma Daley, 87, said the work the volunteers did was of benefit to the whole community, and taught a life skill that attendees could pay forward.
"We make all kinds of things here and the best thing is that everything we make stays in our local community," she said.
"In the past we would knit blankets and socks to send overseas, but we have many people in need right here in Australia and it is our job to help them first."
Ms Daley said a prosthetic breast could cost up to $400 and payment was usually required right away.
"So we make our knitted knockers free of charge for women affected by cancer and who are going through the transition process of getting their prosthetics fitted," she said.
"We make them with love, and always add something personal because each woman has been through her own personal journey.
"The breasts come in different sizes and patterns.
"We even add a little jewel on the nipple to make those ladies feel extra special."
Ms Daley said the knitting group was open to everyone in the community and volunteers did not need to know how to knit.
"Knitting is a wonderful craft and a great opportunity for women to come together and be social with others in their community," she said. "We have women from all cultural and religious backgrounds who attend.
"Our group is totally inclusive and we believe in the principle of the more the merrier."
Ms Daley said the group did not accept cash donations but was always happy to receive bags of wool and knitting needles.
Details: The group meets every Thursday from 10am to noon at the Liverpool City Library (upstairs), 170 George Street, Liverpool.
Wool donations should be made at the library. To learn more you can phone 9821 9460.