Knit for a ‘warm winter’

2016-01-19 06:00
Showing their hand-warmers (from left) Sbu Mthethwa (education manager), Thabiso Nzama (nursery assistant) and Jane Lee (peace corps volunteer).

Showing their hand-warmers (from left) Sbu Mthethwa (education manager), Thabiso Nzama (nursery assistant) and Jane Lee (peace corps volunteer).

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WHILE the weather in upper Highway is hot, the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (Hact) is looking towards winter that will hit KwaZulu-Natal and its beneficiaries in the Valley of 1000 Hills.

With this in mind, Hact is appealing to the community to take part in its drive for knitted hand-warmers (fingerless gloves) to be distributed among the 24 patients in its on-site respite unit with the overflow being handed out to its beneficiaries in the Valley of 1000 Hills.

Hact CEO, Olivia Myeza, said: “People who are not well feel the cold more than healthy individuals. And people living in informal housing and shacks suffer the most in the midst of winter when even those of us blessed with four strong walls and a roof, feel the cold.

“If your hands are warm, your whole body feels warm, which is why we are on this drive to secure donated gloves for our patients and beneficiaries. It’s a great way to give back.”

All completed hand-warmers can be dropped off at the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust at 26 Old Main Road in Hillcrest. Contact 031 765 5866.

How to make knitted hand-warmers (makes two):

Use double knitting with 4.5/5 needle

Cast on 34 sts. Work in Moss st for three rows. Work in Stockinette st for 12 rows (you should end up with a purl row).

Start with double moss stitch, and repeat the pattern rows six times, ending with row four. Work four rows in Stockinette st and then three more rows in Moss st. Bind off loosely in Moss stitch using a 5.00mm needle.

Finishing: Fold in half the piece and sew sides: from top down 2cm from bottom up 8cm leaving 3,5cm open for thumb hole

Abbreviations: k = knit p = purl st/sts = stitch/stitches

Moss stitch: Row1: k1, p1 Row2:*p1, k1

Stockinette stitch: Row 1: knit across Row 2: purl across

Double Moss stitch: Row1-2: k1, p1. Row3-4: p1, k1. - Supplied.

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