Knitwear with love

Glenda Robinson with just a fraction of the donated knitwear, destined for Ukraine.

Donated knitted goods costing hundreds of dollars to post, are on their way to war torn Ukraine, thanks to Ashburton woman Glenda Robinson.

Glenda, who owns Crafty Cow in Ashburton, did not want to sit back and just watch events via television unfolding in war torn Ukraine, when she knew she could help in her own way.

She had a contact to ensure donated items would go where needed – then rallied the knitting troops.

She advertised for experienced volunteer knitters to help refugees of Ukraine and got an overwhelming response of 25 knitters from far and wide, including Ashburton, Methven, Geraldine, Winton and Kaiapoi.

“I wanted to help just because of what was happening. People left home in what they were wearing,” she said, of the Ukrainians under siege.

Glenda has an extensive range of modern yarns, wools and products in store, but had suppliers donate wool especially for the humanitarian project.

The focus was on beanies, socks and mittens “heads, hands and feet”, she said.

There had also been an outpouring of support from others just turning up to the shop to gift pre-made knitted goods such as jerseys, scarves and cot blankets, as well as a crafted quilt children’s blanket.

Glenda, and close friend Merrilyn Barnett, have already sent two boxes offshore, at a total cost of $440, and with more items already in store, and knitted items yet to come, were grateful for any monetary donations to help with postage.

One lady unable to knit had donated $30 toward the cost of postage, Glenda said, which was much appreciated.

Another shipment was planned for this month.

“It’s been amazing what’s come,” Glenda said.

“They are coming in from everywhere. It grew legs of its own.”

While additional knitting donations were not needed, anyone able to help with monetary donations for postage can contact her at Crafty Cow, on East Street.