Nifty knit­ters cast off stereo­types

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page - By Lisa Sloan

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.

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