WARM: Stacks of blankets and children’s clothing ready to be distributed by the Knitting Nanas. Photo supplied

CHILDREN around Whakatane are being kept warm through the efforts of the Knitting Nanas.

The group of about 25 women knitted about 30 blankets and over 50 items of clothing for babies and young children last year. All items were distributed to the Whakatane Foster Care Support Group and Whakatane Plunket.

Knitting Nanas co-ordinator Lin Busby, who took over the role from Mara Mayo in April, says the knitters create children’s clothes, baby clothes, blankets and beanies.

While the group has some wool stored, they often buy their own supplies.

“There was a time when the group received wool from some of the major fabric stores, but that doesn’t happen now,” says Lin. “We would be very pleased to accept donations of wool from anyone.”

Group members get together about three times a year, with the next gathering scheduled for August. Meanwhile, they will keep the needles clicking, creating more warm woollies for children.

Lin can be contacted on 07 3125042.