Sight-impaired knitters busy

Isabelle Goodare and Helen White are among the Blind Foundation's knitters and will sell their beanies at Orphans Aid Opshop in Invercargill. Photos: Luisa Girao
Isabelle Goodare and Helen White are among the Blind Foundation's knitters and will sell their beanies at Orphans Aid Opshop in Invercargill. Photos: Luisa Girao
They have limited or no vision at all - but they can do much more than most.

A group of 11 members of the Blind Foundation are knitting beanies as a way to be entertained, give them self-worth and raise money for the charity.

Isabelle Goodare and Helen White are among the Blind Foundation's knitting group.

Mrs Goodare said it was a pleasure to be useful and help others.

''It is great to achieve that. ''We can't see what we are doing, but we can feel it. The best thing is that we are helping other people.''

Mrs White agreed.

''I know if I'm doing something wrong, the needle won't go through.''

A few examples of their wares.
A few examples of their wares.
These ladies knit a small square, usually about 40 centimetres - then foundation volunteers stitch the ends together and sew a small toy on top.

The end results are quirky and colourful beanies with toys that include Minnie Mouse,Winnie the Pooh, kiwis, bears, and more.

Blind Foundation Invercargill's recreation and volunteer co-ordinator Ann Robbie had come up with the idea, and the group embraced it.

''It is very important for people with disabilities to be socially included. It is important for mental wellness and self-worth. It's brilliant what they are achieving.''

The group had knitted 120-odd beanies since January with recycled toys and donated wool.

''We are really looking forward to see the public wearing the hats. It will be a funny and rewarding experience for them.''

Hats will go on sale from tomorrow at the Orphans Aid Opshop in Invercargill.

All money raised will go to the Blind Foundation.

luisa.girao@odt.co.nz

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