Knitting for the needy

Susan Weitz from Manenberg with Julia Beziek from Southfield at Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie.

Crafters took to public areas on Saturday June 11 to celebrate Happy World Wide Knit in Public Day.

At Imhoff Farm, near Kommetjie, they came from far and wide to knit and crochet squares for 6 700 blankets for Nelson Mandela Day.

At Constantia Village, shoppers stopped to chat to members of the Constantia Handcraft Club. Established in 1985, the club meets in the hall at the Dutch Reformed Church on Ladies Mile traffic circle every Wednesday, from 9am to noon. Contact 082 473 1139.

The 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela group is collecting scarves to donate to health-care workers on Wednesday July 6. To donate double-knit wool or knitted squares, using 5mm needles with 30 stitches and 58 rows using any pattern, email

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela ambassadors, from left, Sandi King from Rondebosch with Ruth Ely from Green Point and Michele de Gersingy from Capri Village.
At Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie, from left, Jocelyn de Villiers of Eastridge, Mitchells Plain with Audrey Ely and Michelle Block, both from Steenberg.
Enjoying knitting in public, Erica Smith from Fish Hoek, left, with Maureen Stein from Sea Point.
From left, Clark Gordon with his mother, Francis Gordon, both from Cafda, Retreat, Ruth Aploon from Seawinds and Dawn Johnson from Rondebosch.
At Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie, from left, Angela Niehaus from Southfield, Anna Mthethwa from Muizenburg, Tracy Tourell from Plumstead and Moira Volkwyn also from Plumstead.
Constantia Handcraft Club members, Shirley Norton from Bergvliet with Cher Ashton from Harfield Village.
Constantia Handcraft Club members, from left, Shirley Liebetrau from Kenilworth, Ingrid Rowe from Plumstead, Norma Polden from Wynberg and Anna-Marie Slade from Constantia.