Knitting for the needy

Fathima Dlamini (left) and Sharon Sayers of the Bessie Head Library Knitting Club joined the Midlands Arts and Crafts Society to celebrate World Knit in Public Day recently.      PHOTO: kailene              pillay
Fathima Dlamini (left) and Sharon Sayers of the Bessie Head Library Knitting Club joined the Midlands Arts and Crafts Society to celebrate World Knit in Public Day recently. PHOTO: kailene pillay

A GROUP of 10 to 15 women got together on World Knit in Public Day and donated their knitted goods to underprivileged people to keeping them warm this winter.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, Phillipa Duckworth from Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (Macs) said the event took place outside the Tatham Art Gallery in the city centre where women from all walks of life got together and knitted for four hours.

She said Macs and the Tatham Art Gallery members were joined by some women from the Bessie Head Library knitting club who knitted squares for blankets for Mandela Day.

“We all knitted our own things and then some of us donated our pieces to the homeless to use this winter to keep warm. Beanies and scarves were placed on the municipal sculptures outside city hall so people would see them and help themselves,” she said.

Duckworth said that Macs participates in World Knit in Public Day every year in order to raise awareness about knitting.

“People think that knitting is only for the elderly, but I am 23 and I knit. It’s just about educating people about the craft.”

She added that placing the items on street figures was to grab people’s attention, which worked as all the items have been taken. Macs also donated wool to the library knitting club.

“Donating the warm items was just the right thing to do because it is cold for us, who have clothes to keep us warm, so we can only imagine what it is like for those who don’t have a home,” she said.

Items can still be donated to Macs and knitted squares for Mandela Day can also be donated at the Bessie Head Library or at the Tatham Art Gallery. Duckworth encouraged people to join in and help out.

For more
information, contact Macs at 033 386 6500 or visit the society at 23 Haldane Road.

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