Knitter blankets orphans with love
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.
Joan Bufton and the blankets she knits to benefit deprived children