Art of knit­ting kept alive in school hol­i­day pro­gramme

Otago Daily Times - - DUNEDIN - JOHN LEWIS john.lewis@odt.co.nz

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.’’

PHO­TOS: PETER MCIN­TOSH

Knit one, purr one . . . Emma Chaney (6) dis­plays the blan­ket she knit­ted for her cat Am­ber.

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