Crafter Profile – Mini Kuiti

Mini with a couple of knitted knockers and cot blanket
Mini with a couple of knitted knockers and cot blanket

Yesterday I had the very great pleasure of meeting Mini, who has been keeping herself busy recently by knitting knockers for the Cancer Society. I’ve spoken to her a few times on the phone, since she offered to knit knockers, and I arranged for the Cancer Society to deliver some donated yarn to her a couple of months ago.

After the request came to Crafty Volunteers last week that Wellington Hospital needed woollen baby cardigans and cot blankets (for the new borns, 7-8 pounders), Mini asked if we had any wool she could use. So I took the opportunity to go and finally visit her. What a fabulous lady!

51 knitted knockers will be going to the Cancer Society in Masterton in the coming weeks, thanks to Mini.
51 knitted knockers will be going to the Cancer Society in Masterton in the coming weeks, thanks to Mini.

She is pretty much housebound due to some health problems, and has various carers come to help her with meals, cleaning the house, and showering her – but she is still in her own home, and I have to say she looks pretty good for 84. I giggled when she mentioned that she’s already convinced her carers to help her with various knitting projects.

She told me about so many causes that she has knitted, sewn or crocheted for over the years – prem babies, women’s refuge, SPCA, local schools, Cancer Society, hospitals… and the list goes on.

It was a real treat for me to meet someone who has spent many many years giving her efforts and energies to others around the community, and even though she is getting physically less mobile, she is still very eager to continue doing what she can.

Even though I called to deliver wool to a stranger, I left her house with 4 bags of knitted knockers for the Cancer Society, a cot blanket for the hospital, and a lovely new friend in my life. She is truly an inspiration!

Thanks you Mini, for all your efforts throughout the years. You probably have no idea just how many lives you’ve made just that little bit easier…

Yours – with love, compassion and hope
Maggie

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