Byford teacher calling for wool donations for Cat Haven blanket drive


Keen knitters Kyle Keast, Anna Newman, Lauren Rawlings, Maimouna Barry, Mazorine Leruwa, Peace Poni, Jessica Pearson and Sarah Edries knit for the Cat Haven.
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Keen knitters Kyle Keast, Anna Newman, Lauren Rawlings, Maimouna Barry, Mazorine Leruwa, Peace Poni, Jessica Pearson and Sarah Edries knit for the Cat Haven. Picture: Jon Hewson         www.communitypix.com.au d459632

A BYFORD Secondary College teacher is calling for donations of wool and needles so her students can keep making blankets for an animal shelter.

Linda Harrup adopted a kitten from the Cat Haven in the last school holidays and realised how many blankets the shelter needed.

“The Cat Haven employee mentioned they use a lot because each animal goes home with the blanket they were sleeping on,” she said.

Ms Harrup and her students were willing to volunteer their time, so they learnt to knit and made squares that could be sewn into blankets for the shelter.

“It started with a couple of students and I now have about 15 regulars who are very quickly becoming very proficient knitters,” Ms Harrup said.

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“There is something quite special about learning a skill like knitting and the students have relished the opportunity, often remarking how relaxed it makes them feel.

“I even had one student mention that she sat with her mum for a while the other night knitting when usually she would be watching TV.

Ms Harrup said she would like to see the group expand to include members of the community and had planned afternoon teas and visits to local retirement homes to learn from experienced knitters.

“Next year, we are planning to make blankets we could sell and donate the money to veterinary hospitals for payment of services given to animal rescue organisations,” Ms Harrup said.

To donate wool of 12 ply or above, or knitting needles, email linda.harrup@education.wa.edu.au.