Waihi cel­e­brates the an­cient art of knit­ting

Waihi Leader - - News - By MELANIE CAMOIN news@wai­hileader.co.nz

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 wk­buck­man@xtra.co.nz


Some of the Peace Poppy wings knit­ted by lo­cal women.

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