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Joyce rejoicing with double win at Port Lincoln Show

Lincoln Grove Retirement Village resident Joyce Rodriguez brought home a brace of prizes in the Port Lincoln Show, after securing second and third place spots in the hand-knitted section.

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Joyce won the coveted prizes for her handmade knee rugs after being convinced to enter the show by a friend.

“One of the girls here at the Grove convinced me to enter and I was tickled pink when I got the prizes,” Joyce said.

Lincoln Grove Village Manager Dianne Ottery said it was a well-deserved win for Joyce.

“We were delighted to hear Joyce had won, and we’re all so pleased for her,” Dianne said.

The event also included a chocolate cake making competition, pets on parade, live music throughout the day, and a variety of stalls, games and creative classes.

Joyce forged her skills when she was at school during the war, at a time when resources were scarce.

“We were knitting socks and beanies for servicemen, but my parents couldn’t afford to buy knitting needles,” Joyce said.

“So I asked my dad if he had any long nails in his workshop, and I learned to knit on four-inch-long nails.

“Then I married a lad who joined the police force, so I’d be sitting up at night waiting for him to come safely, and I’d knit, crochet and spin.”

These days, Joyce enjoys knitting purely as a hobby, and gives many of her finished pieces to family and friends.

A humble winner, she has no immediate plans to compete again, and kept celebrations low-key.

“I probably had an extra little glass of port before I went to bed,” she said.

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