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What a knitter! 100-year-old woman knits for charity
Everyone has different hobbies, but to have a pastime for nearly a century is almost unheard of.
Mary Barry, of Christchurch Lodge, Cockfosters is 101 in November and crazy about her knitting, and hopes that it will raise money for a charity.
Ms Barry, born in 1912, is a self-taught knitting fanatic and started her hobby when she was just eight years old making jumpers, dresses, cardigans and suits in her time and this week, has made a blanket which will be given to any good cause who desires it.
The 100-year-old, whilst knitting, said: “It takes me about a day to do one square and the blanket has 60 squares on it. I have already got 14 more squares for my next one and I am also making a footballer.”
A confessed lover of Formula One, Mary admits that she doesn’t know what she would do without her trusty needles and yarn.
She said: “It is always something I have done, I will knit all day, it is much better than sitting in front of a TV. I made countless jumpers for my son but I don’t think he wears them anymore!”
Mary has been at the sheltered home since 2009 and Christchurch Lodge has thanked Brenda Burke, a volunteer at a community centre in Palmers Green for crocheting the blanket together.
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