Nifty knitters cast off stereotypes
Tom Hartill never planned to take up knitting.
But the 12-year-old has discovered he is surprisingly good at it.
He is part of Pasadena Intermediate School’s new knitting club.
There are 20 members including six boys and there are more students on a waiting list.
Tom started knitting two weeks ago and is already well on his way to making his first scarf.
Once he started, he just couldn’t stop.
“It’s amazing to see what you can make out of a piece of string,” he says.
“I think I am going to carry on knitting and when I get married I can help my wife make clothes for our baby!”
The school started up the knitting club as part of Community at Pasadena – a drive to get more parents involved in school activities.
Parent helpers are working with the children to teach them to cast on, knit plain and purl and complete simple items such as scarves and blankets.
This week they headed to Artstation in Ponsonby to help knit blankets for the exhibition Shelter.
Parent teacher Sarah Coughlan is helping to run the knitting club.
She is amazed at how many children wanted to join.
“I didn’t think they would pick it up so quickly,” she says. “This has also been a great way to involve parents and find out what skills they have.”
Tommy Jang, 12, was not sure if he would like knitting but is now he’s hooked.
“You just keep going and don’t want to stop,” he says.
“It’s good because you can achieve something from it,” adds Sean Janssen, 12.
For more information about Community at Pasadena contact the school on 846-2169.
Stitching up: Pasadena Intermediate’s new knitting club includes Tom Hartill, front, middle from left, Teremoana Graham, Tommy Jang and Levi Crump and back, Ian Manu and Sean Janssen.