Warm heart

93-year-old Debert woman busy knit­ting hats for ba­bies

Truro Daily News - - Front Page - BY LYNN CUR­WIN truro DAILY NEWS lynn.cur­win@truro­daily.com

There is a lovely lady who, at 93 years old, has been knit­ting lit­tle hats for decades to keep the heads of new­borns warm.

Al­though she’s known to many as their for­mer mu­sic teacher, Mar­garet Pirie – aka Mrs. Dill – now keeps her hands busy knit­ting hats for ba­bies.

The 93-year-old Debert woman can knit while watch­ing tele­vi­sion, hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion, or even read­ing a book, and she of­ten has a big grey tabby called Gad­get rest­ing his head on her lap while she works.

“I knit pre­emie hats,” she said. “It makes me feel good to know I’m help­ing keep ba­bies warm, and knit­ting is re­lax­ing.”

She man­ages to whip up four or five on an av­er­age day, and when she at­tends the monthly IODE meet­ing she hands them over to be de­liv­ered to the IWK Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Hal­i­fax.

Pirie has been an IODE mem­ber since 1963 and it was at one of the meet­ings that she heard of the need for hats. Be­ing an ex­pe­ri­enced knit­ter she was happy to help.

She can’t re­mem­ber when she first learned to knit, but knows she was quite young.

“I think the house­keeper taught me,” she said. “It cer­tainly wasn’t my mom. I tried to teach her to knit and couldn’t teach her at all.”

Hav­ing taught for 33 years, Pirie of­ten has for­mer stu­dents rec­og­nize her when she’s in town.

Some of them may even have chil­dren and grand­chil­dren who’ve been given one of her hats.


Mar­garet Pirie, un­der the watch­ful eye of her cat Gad­get, knits four or five pre­emie hats most days. The 93-year-old sends them all to the IWK Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

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