Waihi celebrates the ancient art of knitting
Knitters have gathered in Waihi to celebrate Worldwide Knit in Public Day.
A group of knitters met at Waihi’s Banana Pepper Cafe last Saturday morning to knit and crochet red poppies.
The poppies will be displayed at the Waihi Memorial Hall for the Armistice Centennial Commemorations this coming November — the end of World War I in 1918 Waihi Heritage Vision member Krishna Buckman says.
Peace Poppy wings were given out that day to support the remembrance.
“Each Peace Poppy has a soldier to ‘adopt’ on the Online Cenotaph on the Auckland War Memorial Museum database.
“The poppies are all soldiers and nurses whose names are up on the Poppy Fence on the Pit Rim walkway,” she says.
The leftover poppies will be given away online, on the Armistice Waihi 1918-2018 Facebook page.
Three members of the group were exservice women and the plan is to contact others who might like to join in and help.
“As ex-service women they all share a passion for honouring our forebears,” Krishna said.
“I was also encouraged by the wider interest from people of varied backgrounds in the knitting project.
“We had a visitor in Waihi on holiday from Brisbane who with her friend took away yarn to make some poppies.
“Local carpenter Brent Nickalls and St John ambulance officer James Bray stopped for a quick chat and a knit.”
This is not the first time this type of community event has been held.
One hundred years ago in 1918, Mrs Ada Donaldson, wife of the Waihi Mayor, was awarded an MBE for services in connection with the Red Cross Society and Order of St John.
Waihi women under the presidency of Mrs Donaldson joined in raising Patriotic Funds to support those serving at the front and their dependents.
The Waihi Spinners and Weavers, Genealogy Group members, the Salvation Army Knitting Group, the RSA Ladies Knitters and the Waihi Brownies and friends are well on their way to knitting, crocheting or crafting remembrance poppies to help dress the Memorial Hall and highlight localWorld War I stories,” says Krishna.
The Waihi Armistice Knitting Army group plan to have anotherknitting gettogether in a couple of weeks.
People interested in helping knit, crochet or craft poppies are welcome to attend. Others who would like some yarn and patterns can contact Krishna Buckman 863 8455 or email@example.com
Some of the Peace Poppy wings knitted by local women.