Knit­ter blan­kets or­phans with love

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - REMEMBER WHEN? - by Kirsty Parkin

92-year-old makes blan­kets for chil­dren in Africa

GRAND­MOTHER Joan Bufton is mak­ing quite a name for her­self with her colour­ful cro­chet blan­kets.

At 92, she is rarely seen at Singleton Nurs­ing Home with­out wool and nee­dles in hand, busily turn­ing out the bright blan­kets for a Folkestone char­ity.

Last year Mrs Bufton, who lived in Holy­well Av­enue, Hawkinge, be­fore mov­ing to the home four years ago, made 25 blan­kets for Op­er­a­tion Sun­shine which sends aid and clothes to Africa.

“Most of the chil­dren I make them for are vic­tims of Aids and are or­phans,” she said,

“The blan­kets are just big enough for their beds and I’ve been told the chil­dren like them be­cause they are so colour­ful.”

Mrs Bufton has been knit­ting for more than 80 years and has passed on her cro­chet skills to her daugh­ter and two grand­daugh­ters.

“It is a dy­ing art,” she said. “When I was at school I got a smacked wrist be­cause I couldn’t do arith­metic but I said I could cro­chet and knit and I was stood in the cor­ner for telling lies.

“My dad went up to the school and showed them I could even make my own doll’s clothes, I was only six!”

De­spite be­ing one of the most se­nior res­i­dents at the Hox­ton Close home, she says that as long as the wool keeps com­ing, so will the blan­kets.

The Woolpen, in Singleton, do­nates their end of line four- ply and dou­ble knit wool to Mrs Bufton and the pen­sioner puts posters up around the area ask­ing for odds and ends.

“I say a lit­tle prayer some­times say­ing ‘please God I hope I get a bag of wool’. Last time I got three bags at once!”

For more on the Op­er­a­tion Sun­shine ap­peal turn to pages 20 and 21.

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Joan Bufton and the blan­kets she knits to ben­e­fit de­prived chil­dren

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