Off to Rus­sia with love

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

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(or cre­ate a Christ­mas win­dow) at your busi­ness to win prizes! To Rus­sia with love has been on on­go­ing knit­ting project in Horowhenua for the past 25 years, started by a lo­cal cou­ple who adopted two Rus­sian chil­dren.

While they were in Rus­sia to meet their chil­dren they were dis­mayed at the state of the many or­phan­ages they vis­ited.

“De­press­ing and de­void of colour,” they had said at the time.

In re­sponse they ral­lied their neigh­bours and friends and got them knit­ting for ba­bies and young chil­dren up un­til the age of five.

Over the years Air New Zealand as­sisted by al­low­ing those that trav­elled to Rus­sia an ex­tra 23kg of lug­gage so knitwear could be taken to Rus­sia at no ex­tra cost.

Cur­rently the knit­ting group also sup­plies knitwear for other des­ti­na­tions, such as Uganda, through the Dug­dale Trust. Knit­ters are based any­where from Feild­ing and Palmer­ston to Ka¯ piti and to­tal around 30¯peo­ple, in­clud­ing at least one man from Otaki. Many are mem­bers of Grey­power.

Group mem­ber Shirley Roper, who loves knit­ting so much she pro­duces at least one gar­ment a week, said she had been knit­ting since she was seven.

The knit­ters make hats, bean­ies and tops for small chil­dren and have done so for years. Much of their work is very colour­ful.

Now there is a need to knit for older chil­dren.

For in­for­ma­tion or to do­nate wool, ring Diane Hem­mingsen 3670300.

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Diane Hem­mingsen and Shirley Roper with some of the knit­ting for Rus­sia.

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