Elaine de Jager and Linda van Schalkwyk encouraging people to knit more mittens

Yvonne de Kock with some of the colourful mittens.

Let us now go to a very important project which can bring joy to seafarers who are alone. When one reads of the uncomplicated ways to solve stresses among children, we realise that there is so much we can do as well. And it can be so easy and fun!

It’s never too early to collect items for this important project which has been going for about 30 years where gifts are distributed to seafarers on ships in port over Christmas.

Mugs and a good stock of fingerless mittens and beanies are collected throughout the year.

According to Linda van Schalkwyk of the Sailors’ Society, over the years the Amanzimtoti Presbyterian Church has had a band of enthusiastic knitters providing bags full of beanies and mittens. Our main supporter, Elaine de Jager has also done a sterling job for many years, gathering ‘the troops’ who come from residential homes, Lions’ clubs, churches and women’s auxiliary groups as well as those we call “Friends of the Seafarers’. Linda says “I have counted 500 pairs of mittens so far, but we need 1000 pairs for the gifts – so please keep up the good work!”

If anyone would like to join the Seafarers’ Knitting Group, please call Linda van Schalkwyk on 031 2660695; she will also send you a pattern! Our heartfelt thanks to all those enthusiastic knitters as well as donors.

Here is a Pattern for the Fingerless Mittens.