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Neat knitters... Parata Day Care clients (from left) Mary Tremaine, Margaret MacGibbon, June Hitchcox and Edna Rackley display some of the many squares knitted for the Nattering Knitter project.PHOTO: MARGARET PHILLIPS

Parata Day Care clients have proved they are natty knitters.

Seven women have knitted 102 squares in a month.

Parata Day Care manager Dawn McDonald described the feat as nothing short of amazing.

The women are knitting with a purpose. They are producing squares for a knitting project started by Gore woman Caroline Dore under the guise of the Nattering Knitter, which has gone global.

She launched the venture to produce “hug rugs” to help the community and refugees being housed in Dunedin, and it captured the imagination of kind-hearted people worldwide.

Not only did the refugees in Dunedin receive the hug rugs, but organisations such as Plunket in Gore and Invercargill, St Vincent De Paul, Salvation Army Gore Corps, Gore Hospital, Happy to Help and Gore Women’s Refuge, as well as house-fire victims, were among other recipients.

This year, refugees who settled in Invercargill also received hug rugs, she said.

Mrs McDonald said the centre became involved in the project after being given 10 rugs by Mrs Dore.

The knitters intended to pay back that kindness with interest.

“I really do think it’s well worth it. It’s just amazing,” Mrs McDonald said.

The women involved in the project had a lifelong interest in knitting.

“I’m so proud of them,” she said.

While the avid knitters decided to continue to contribute to the project, it was difficult sourcing wool, Mrs McDonald said.

She would appreciate donations of wool for the project.