Hats off to knitters

YVETTE BATTEN - NORTH TARANAKI MIDWEEK
Last updated 15:24 19/06/2012
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Lots of hats: Knit World New Plymouth assistant manager Diane Lehmann among the 1868 hats knitted by the shop's customers for charity.

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Taranaki knitters have spun the best yarn so far.

Earlier this year Knit World, in New Plymouth, asked knitters from around the region to get click-clacking and make hats for KidsCan.

Taranaki knitters answered the call and donated 1868 hats, all to be given to underprivileged children around the region.

"It's surpassed what we've done in the past," says Knit World New Plymouth manager Judy Waller.

In 2011, Taranaki knitters created almost 400 items of clothing for the region's Multiple Birth Club and in 2010 nearly 700 puppy jackets were given to the SPCA.

This year's project was supported by women's groups, rest homes and independent knitters.

"People enjoy doing it because it goes to a local charity and they can see that the kids are getting the benefit from it.

"When you consider that one in four children in New Zealand are classed as underprivileged there's a lot of heads that need warming."

Every year Knit World nationally, runs a knitting project for different charities and asks its customers to participate.

This year it aimed for 10,000 hats nationally. So far almost 13,000 have been handed into the 10 stores around the country.

Despite the promotion officially finishing at the end of May, hats are still being dropped off by customers.

The project gives people who enjoy knitting but don't need to make items for themselves a purpose, Mrs Waller says.

"It gives them something to do and they get pleasure out of being able to do it and give it to a needy cause."

Schools in Waitara, Waverley and Stratford have already benefited from the customers' generosity.

"This is really just to say thank you to all our participating customers and to show our appreciation. We really do appreciate it as a company and on behalf of KidsCan," Mrs Waller says.

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