Knit­ting fairy finds favour in Ti­tahi Bay

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By MATTHEW DAL­LAS

It would seem Ti­tahi Bay preschool­ers can spin as good a yarn as any­one.

When their teacher Christine Macilquham shared news clip­pings from Wanaka of a ‘‘yarn bomber’’ leav­ing knit­ted treats around parks and play­grounds, the kids at Ti­tahi Bay Kinder­garten de­cided it was the work of ‘‘the knit­ting fairy’’.

Not only did their en­chant­ing the­ory find its way into the pages of the Wanaka Sun, but the woolly mys­tery in­spired an in­ter­est in knit­ting from chil­dren and teach­ers alike.

As well as weekly news clip­pings from Wanaka on the ‘‘fairy’s’’ ac­tiv­i­ties, Ms Macilquham de­cided to feed the kids’ cu­rios­ity fur­ther.

She brought a loom into class, along with a knit­ted rug and fin­ger pup­pets.

Out­side, knit­ted flow­ers could be found in the play­ground trees, and bean­ies on the Maori carv­ings.

‘‘The kids de­cided there must also be a Ti­tahi Bay knit­ting fairy,’’ she says.

Balls of wool be­gan re­plac­ing paints on the kindy ta­bles, and teach­ers be­gan dust­ing off their old knit­ting nee­dles.

The kids are be­ing taught about the dye­ing process and a field trip to Lin­dale Farm is planned so they can see where the fleece orig­i­nates.

Ms Macilquham says they like to show the kids how things are made and where they come from.

‘‘It’s been great. Most kids just think things come from The Ware­house.’’

Her friend in Wanaka, Gail Petersen, who had been send­ing her the Sun clip­pings, was dis­ap­pointed by some of the neg­a­tive feed­back the yarn bomber was re­ceiv­ing at home, so told the news­pa­per about the pos­i­tive im­pact on a Porirua kinder­garten.

Four-year-old Is­abella Tuffy has proved to be the most tal­ented and en­thu­si­as­tic of the young knit­ters, even as­sist­ing her class­mates.

‘‘These things are my favourite,’’ she says with a smile, look­ing at the brightly coloured balls of wool around her.

Knit pick­ers: A Wanaka ‘‘yarn bomber’’ and a lit­tle imag­i­na­tion has brought out the knit­ter in Is­abella Tuffy. Also en­joy­ing the woolly hobby are, from left, So­phie Pierce, Raniera Wereta and Rose Mitchell.

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