Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Knitting for a good cause

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Dot’s amazing bedsocks have been a hit in the community and are available at Michael’s Emporium. Photo Zoe Garden

A Howick resident has woven hundreds of bed socks in a bid to raise money for the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society.

When Dorothy ‘Dot’ McCrystal was at Auckland City Hospital undertaking cancer treatment late last year after being diagnosed in September, she used the service, Volunteer Cancer Drivers, to get to and from Howick and the central city.

In total, she made 52 trips throughout her treatment.

To express her gratitude for the drivers, she’s raising money to donate to the service through the selling of her hand-made bed socks.

Since her social media post on the grapevine about her cause, Dot says the response has been overwhelming and amazing.

In her August 2 post, she stated that she’d made 102 bed socks and sold 75. In a follow-up on August 15, she thanked the community for their efforts, and said she’d sold 80 pairs.

“(Thank you) to Michael (of Michael’s Emporium) and the members of this group who have put credit in his shop to pay for wool for me to make bed socks,” Dot said.

A member of the Senior Citizens Group and Howick Women’s Dinner Club, Dot describes herself as a ‘giver, not a taker’.

She was a Brownie and Pippin leader for decades, has donated and fundraised for a number of causes and currently makes baby hats and booties for Middlemore Hospital.

The bed socks come in a range of different colours, are soft and woollen, and stretch from a child’s size to an adult size nine. Dot’s bed socks are available at Michael’s Emporium in Rices Mall.

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