STAR SHINE: Coffee and crocheting has united a group of ladies from Warwick, who have just put up their 11th tree in the Tree Jumpers exhibition.
STAR SHINE: Coffee and crocheting has united a group of ladies from Warwick, who have just put up their 11th tree in the Tree Jumpers exhibition. Marian Faa

FIRST LOOK: Warwick's woolly makeover off to a stellar start

COFFEE and crocheting may seem like a recipe for productivity, but no amount of caffeine can get some of these women off the "naughty” list.

Christmas has come early on Palmerin St this year with the first contender in the Jumpers and Jazz Tree Jumper exhibition setting a glowing standard.

A group of knitters who have made coffee and knitting their Tuesday tradition got in early and put up their display yesterday.

The Christmas pine is the first of 90 trees in Warwick's CBD that will get their annual woolly makeover today.

Complete with a carrot for Rudolph and a stubby for Santa, the quirky tree is the first taste of the festival's hallmark exhibitions.

KNITTED UP: Kelly Thompson was the major driving force behind this tree.
KNITTED UP: Kelly Thompson was the major driving force behind this tree. Marian Faa

But don't let them pull the wool over your eyes - not all these crafty women have Santa's tick of approval.

"Because Kelly (Thompson) did all the work she is on the nice list,” Lyn Kelly said.

"The rest of us are on the naughty list because we have given some horrendous 'dog ate my homework' excuses for why we couldn't do our knitting.”

Mrs Kelly is one of 10 women who have slowly been building their knitting and crocheting skills. "This is our 11th tree jumper and at the start we were pretty bloody hopeless at the start,” she said.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY: Kelly Thompson, Sandy McDonnell and Lyn Kelly are part of the team of women who have kitted their way through 11 festivals, powered by coffee and good company.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY: Kelly Thompson, Sandy McDonnell and Lyn Kelly are part of the team of women who have kitted their way through 11 festivals, powered by coffee and good company. Marian Faa

But over the past six years the women have roped in four commendations in the competition.

Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine said she had noticed more people in the community improving their knitting skills over the years.

But their talent will be put to the test this Friday, when Ipswich-based judge Robyn Dennis casts her keen eye over the displays.

Ms Devine said the judge would be looking for fine skills, interpretation of the theme "dulcet” and how the display is creatively incorporated into the tree.

The winners of the Tree Jumper exhibition will be announced at midday on Saturday at the Warwick Art Gallery.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY: Back (from left): Christine Smith, Brenda Duggan, Kelly Thompson, Sandy McDonnell and Sharyn Le Feuer. Front: Lyn Kelly and Julie Hauff.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY: Back (from left): Christine Smith, Brenda Duggan, Kelly Thompson, Sandy McDonnell and Sharyn Le Feuer. Front: Lyn Kelly and Julie Hauff. Contributed


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