Patches of kindness
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.