Art of knitting kept alive in school holiday programme
CATS and balls of wool seldom go well together, particularly when someone is knitting.
It is a situation that can tie you in knots pretty quickly — something a small group of children found on a Dunedin holiday programme at Knit World this week.
Fortunately, the children were knitting pet blankets and the warm, woolly finished products were just as popular with their pets as a ball of wool — without the mess.
Emma Chaney, of Dunedin, said the woollen blanket she knitted for her 15yearold tortoiseshell cat Amber, now sits where a towel used to sit, to protect the armrest of her chair in the lounge.
‘‘Amber loves it. She rubs her face on it a lot.’’
Knit World assistant Mary Beadle said the initiative aimed to encourage children to take up the art.
‘‘It’s important for kids to learn a craft or a skill.
‘‘It’s something that is regaining popularity across the board.
‘‘It’s not just for older people. It’s for young people and we have a lot of gentleman who knit as well.
‘‘And we’ve got such beautiful yarn being produced here in New Zealand, so we should keep this art alive.’’
Knit one, purr one . . . Emma Chaney (6) displays the blanket she knitted for her cat Amber.