Knitting fairy finds favour in Titahi Bay
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.