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Long-time knitter warms island’s babies

Tuesday June 06, 2017 Written by Published in Hot on the Rock
Luina Lynch in the process of knitting a beanie for one lucky new born baby. 17060134 Luina Lynch in the process of knitting a beanie for one lucky new born baby. 17060134

Luina Lynch dedicates her time to knitting and supplying warmth to new born babies through Hospital Comforts.

 

The non-government organisation (NGO) has been running in the Cook Islands for 60 years and organises baby packs for new mothers. 

Lynch’s beautifully woven beanies are distributed into baby packs and are always warmly received by mothers.

Kitting has been a craft of Lynch’s for over 70 years but she said the skill has only been picked up again in the last four years.

“When I discovered Hospital Comforts were looking for someone to knit beanies for new-born babies, I thought that was no hardship for me, so I and a few others, made baby beanies.

As time has passed, Lynch says the local ladies who used to knit with her have relocated.

“Eventually it just became me who was left knitting the beanies and I have just continued to do it,” she said.

85-year-old Lynch says the beanies consist of 70 stiches and are intertwined as she watches television.

“I am usually watching the TV as I am knitting. I have been knitting for a long time, I am mentally aware of what I am doing without looking all the time,” she said.

Lynch says she knits up to four beanies a week and it takes her a couple of hours for each beanie.

“It’s like a welcoming thing for a new born.

“It can be quite therapeutic. I tend to just pick it up, whenever nothing else is happening,” she said.

Lynch said the beanies were en route to the Hospital Comforts by her son Paul when he took a couple of photos and posted it on the Rarotonga- community and beyond Facebook page.

The post gained over 270 likes and 23 comments all appreciating the wonderful gesture.

Lynch was shown the comments by her son and was pleased to hear a number of mothers who were happy to receive the beanies for their new-borns.

Mata Tangata commented on the post stating,

“I was one of the many lucky mothers that received one of these beautiful beanies for my son last year. Thank you very much to your mother.”

Another mother wrote, “Had no idea they were locally knitted, I got given one when I had my baby last year, it’s beautiful. Thank you to the mamas and to hospital comforts.”

Lynch said it was nice to know that the beanies are appreciated and are needed.

“When you are expecting a baby, you have got to prepare. The mother has got to have all sorts ready for her new-born. I just hope they are getting something out of it,” she said.

In amongst her diverse and interesting schedule, Lynch’s retirement days consists of mah-jong, lots of reading and keeping up with her six children and six grandchildren.

Lynch says even though she is in her older age, she still loves to learn.

“Time for me to learn may have gone past. But every day is another day to learn,” she said.

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