Pu­taruru women knit for a good cause

South Waikato News - - Out & About - TA­MARA THORN

They have been knit­ting for most of their lives and now Elsa Thorn and Edith Drane do­nate all their hand crafted gar­ments to char­i­ties in need.

The pair have been knit­ting since they were 13, craft­ing cloth­ing for fam­ily and friends, chil­dren and grand­chil­dren. Now they do it for a good cause.

Both Thorn and Drane said they make sin­glets, booties and hats for pre­ma­ture ba­bies which are then do­nated to Waikato hos­pi­tal to give to fam­i­lies.

Thorn said some­times peo­ple don’t have any­thing small enough be­cause it isn’t ex­pected, so it is nice for the fam­i­lies.

‘‘I don’t like to see lit­tle ba­bies without hats on,’’ she said.

On top of pre­ma­ture baby cloth­ing Thorn makes kids and adults bean­ies and slip­pers and de­liv­ers them to the cancer lodge in Hamil­ton.

She said she makes the bean­ies out of soft feath­ered wool ‘‘Be­cause it isn’t itchy on their heads and it is nice and soft.’’

Drane also do­nate to other char­i­ties, ‘‘wher­ever they are needed,’’ she said.

Over the years these two women have hand crafted Hug Me Tights for ba­bies, blan­kets, cot blan­kets, hats, booties, slip­pers, scarfs, and most re­cently pen­guin jumpers, which Drane is send­ing to Aus­tralia for pen­guins who have been ex­posed to oil spills.

Thorn said a lot of booties and hats are made with left over wool. She al­most never buys wool un­less it is for some­thing spe­cial as all of it is given to her.

‘‘Most of it [the booties and hats] is just left over wool,’’ she said, from an­other project such as a sin­glet. ‘‘Noth­ing gets wasted. ‘‘There is a use for ev­ery­thing and In this world you waste noth­ing.’’

Thorn and Drane said they find knit­ting re­lax­ing and said it is nice know­ing that they are help­ing other peo­ple, as well as keep­ing their minds mo­ti­vated.

Thorn said she usually knits at night, but if she sits down dur­ing the day she will con­tinue with a project.

‘‘If I sit down I do it,’’ she said.

‘‘I do it be­cause I don’t like wast­ing time. If you sit down and have a rest, then you aren’t wast­ing time.’’

Drane said there is al­ways some­one in need of a gar­ment so as long as they have wool they will con­tinue to knit.

TA­MARA THORN/FAIRFAX NZ

Edith Drane and Elsa Thorn Knit for a good cause

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