Crafty gang unite art and char­ity

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

They’re not your av­er­age knit­ting group, that’s for sure.

Sur­rounded by hun­dreds of blan­kets the Knit­terati are a force to be reck­oned with.

Knit­ted in all shapes, sizes and colours the blan­kets are al­most done af­ter 18 months of work.

They are on dis­play at Pon­sonby’s Art­sta­tion.

Also known by their more of­fi­cial name, the Do­mes­tic Craft and Con­tem­po­rary Art Group, the women of the Knit­terati are putting a new spin on the age-old craft, and it’s all for a good cause.

The blan­kets have been trans­formed into a walk-in struc­ture for the ex­hi­bi­tion, called Shel­ter, then they will be dis­man­tled and do­nated to the Red Cross.

As well as con­tri­bu­tions from their core group of about 10, blan­kets have been do­nated from homes, li­braries, cafes and com- mu­nity cen­tres around Auck­land. All the wool has been do­nated by friends and fam­ily and will end up in the homes of refugees who come to New Zealand.

Knit­terati mem­ber Joanna Hayes says the idea is that peo­ple can be im­mersed in the art­work, “so they can see it’s been put to­gether stitch by stitch”. The knit­ters have held two ex­hi­bi­tions in the past cou­ple of years.

They say this fo­cus on art sets them apart from other knit­ting cir­cles.

She says they even try to avoid talk of grand­chil­dren and gar­den­ing.

The group will be giv­ing free work­shops for schools and com­mu­nity groups inside the in­stal­la­tion and Ms Hayes says they al­ready have quite a few book­ings.

They con­sider them­selves part of a “re­nais­sance of knit­ting” with plenty of in­ter­est com­ing from younger, school-age groups.

Shel­ter runs un­til May 31.

To reg­is­ter for a knit­ting work­shop call Art­sta­tion on 376-3221.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Tight knit: The mem­bers of Auck­land’s Knit­terati are do­nat­ing hun­dreds of blan­kets to the Red Cross. From left: De­bra Chap­pell, Mar­lyne Jack­son, Joan Horner, Joanna Hayes and Liz Wilkin­son.

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