Patches of kind­ness

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

Those in need of ex­tra warmth may soon have a colour­ful ad­di­tion to their beds thanks to the busy hands of some knit­ting en­thu­si­asts.

Never Too Old group mem­ber Heather Jo­hans­son has been in­volved with the cre­ation of 10 blan­kets which were do­nated to the Auck­land City Mis­sion last week.

She says the mis­sion was scream­ing out for help so a team of seven knit­ters an­swered the call.

“They’ll be so lovely on chil­dren’s beds.”

Mrs Jo­hans­son says each knit­ter has sewn a whole strip of knit­ted squares to­gether and a friend has helped to join them up to form blan­kets.

“Your fin­gers ache af­ter a lit­tle while. It will act like a bed­spread, kids will love the colour.”

She has also been in­volved with mak­ing dog coats for the SPCA.

At 72 years old, the Royal Oak res­i­dent is full of life. “In­side I’m 25 and danger­ous.”

Fel­low knit­ter Rhaslyn Wil­liamson has also been work­ing on the blan­kets.

She says they have both been knit­ting since they were chil­dren but ad­mits the hobby isn’t for every­one. “It be­came un­fash­ion­able.”

She is a mem­ber of the South Auck­land Spin­ners and Weavers Club and also of the Green Pre­scrip­tion group – who are on doc­tors’ ad­vice to be phys­i­cally ac­tive be­cause of med­i­cal is­sues.

“I’ve been knit­ting for Rus­sian or­phans for four years,” says Ms Wil­liamson.

Both knit­ters en­joy meet­ing at One­hunga’s YMCA Sir William Jor­dan Recre­ation Cen­tre, which they say is a good so­cial gath­er­ing.

“It’s in­spir­ing, there’s ac­tiv­i­ties ev­ery week,” says Mrs Jo­hans­son.

Auck­land City Mis­sion fundrais­ing man­ager James Holt says the or­gan­i­sa­tion is grate­ful for the blan­kets.

He says dur­ing win­ter, blan­kets and bedding are use­ful and the mis­sion is al­ways seek­ing non-per­ish­able food.

If you can help with do­na­tions, con­tact the Auck­land City Mis­sion on 3792395 or if you can pro­vide wool to the recre­ation cen­tre, call 636-8825.


Woolly won­ders: Rhaslyn Wil­liamson, left, and Heather Jo­hans­son have picked up their knit­ting nee­dles for a good cause.

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