Sam shows determination | Photos

Samantha Longmore has endured a lot in her short 23 years.

The Binalong resident was in a car accident in 2013 and a series of unfortunate events led her to become a hemiplegic, meaning she is paralysed down one side of her body.

Miss Longmore endured six months of hospital visits and ongoing surgeries and the lack of movement and confinement was wearing on her.

“I was going crazy,” she said.

“I used exercise to bring myself back down to Earth.”

Miss Longmore is a creative spirit and had a particular interest in knitting.

Her injuries meant she could not grip the needles so she taught herself a new way of knitting.

She tapes a rod to the table and uses that to hook the wool around.

“This time last year I was bored out of my brain,” she said.

“It was something that calmed me and it gave me a purpose.

“After the accident, it was something I didn’t think I’d have again.

“It's giving me something to fill in my time and a topic to talk about.”

Miss Longmore sources merino wool from Nundle Woollen Mill and dyes and treats her own wool.

She wants to show people who have suffered similar trauma that it is still possible to create and live a productive life.

“I want to motivate and educate about not dwelling on bad memories,” she said.

She has started selling her wares, including throws, beanies, knitted animals and scarves, online as Ohh Bull Dust.

Miss Longmore will exhibit at the River and Wren Markets, which is again collecting items for Share the Dignity, in Wagga this Sunday.


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