Waitaki knitters celebrate their craft with the world

Experienced knitters Carol Watson (left) and Fay Yates (centre), of Observatory Village, teach...
Experienced knitters Carol Watson (left) and Fay Yates (centre), of Observatory Village, teach Bronwyn Revuelta, a retired English literature teacher, who moved to Oamaru from France recently, how to knit. Mrs Revuelta said her mother was an amazing knitter and she loved doing things with her hands. Mrs Revuelta was appreciative of the guidance. "They are so lovely, and earthy and helpful," she said. PHOTO: JULES CHIN
A special craft group joined the World Wide Knit in Public Day event at the Oamaru Public Library yesterday.

The annual global knitting celebration began in 2005 as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company.

The Otematata Knit and Natter craft group joined about 25 other knitters at the library and are known for sharing their craft with other groups throughout the Waitaki district.

Group co-ordinator Sue Millin said the group had been very busy over winter knitting items for charity.

"We meet every Tuesday.

"We have just dropped off a big selection of home-made cotton dish clothes and soap holders to the Oamaru Foodbank", Mrs Millin said.

Group member Deborah Simpson said the group had made flower fences and been involved in yarn bombing — "that’s knitting arms that wrap around trees".

"We recently donated hot-water bottles, with covers hand-made by the group, to the Pasifika community", Mrs Simpson said.