Treasure knits for kids

2015-10-27 06:00
Florence “Flo” Evans (87) of Oakleigh has been knitting clothes for the young patients at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for the past 27 years.

PHOTO: 
TIYESE JERANJI

Florence “Flo” Evans (87) of Oakleigh has been knitting clothes for the young patients at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for the past 27 years. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Florence “Flo” Evans (87) from Oakleigh in Rondebosch has been described as a real treasure because of the work she does for children.

For the past 27 years – ever since she retired – she has dedicated her time and her gift of knitting to knit for the young patients at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. She knits cardigans, beanies, jerseys and baby jackets, amongst other things.

She has been knitting out of her own pocket. She gets all her patterns from magazines and books and knits specifically for the children.

Her day starts at 06:00 and ends at 23:30 with most of her time taken by knitting.

“I love seeing children warm and looking nice. I know how cold it can get, that’s why I have dedicated my time to make sure that I do it for the little ones. I can’t do anything else but to save the community with what I know best,” she says.

Flo started knitting at the age of three. “I came from a big family of boys and girls. My mother was also good with hand crafts, so she taught us. We had to knit and sew for the boys. So since I was young I have always loved knitting. I have never bought a jersey – I did everything for myself.

“I have knitted for my grandchildren as well, this is something that I love so much. Doing it for the children who really need it makes me so happy,” she says.

With age catching up on her she says she can’t deliver as often as before and getting people to alternatively collect the finished items is a challenge.

“It’s not easy for me now to get out but that hasn’t stopped me. I still knit and when I get someone to help me I go and deliver,” says Flo.

Her wish is to knit more for the children, but she can’t afford a lot of wool. 

Those who want to donate wool can call Flo on 021 685 2235.

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