Year of work for knitters

A year’s worth of work – knitted items made by 16 Maygrove Village residents – went on display at the village last month.

Dozens of knitted blankets, rugs and children’s wear were made for Mission Without Borders – a charity that sends warm items to orphanages and villages in eastern Europe.

For around 10 years, the Maygrove group has been meeting weekly to knit. It is just one of several on the Hibiscus Coast and in Rodney who knit for Mission Without Borders – the groups are coordinated by Ann Bishop.

This year the piles of colourful knits made at Maygrove included 100 blankets as well as more than 100 children’s jumpers, hats and scarves.

All the items have to be taken down to a workroom in Te Atatu, where they are put into bales, ready for shipment.

Maygrove Knitting Group convenor Olive Cossey says that there was so much that rather than transporting it by car, as in previous years, the team called on the help of the owners of Dahlia Haven, which provided their double cab ute and horse float which is normally used for flowers.