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Good yarn . . . `The Crafting Ladies' met on Monday for their first knitting session of the year last. The group knits squares, which are joined together to form blankets for Timaru Police. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

McKenzie Lifestyle Village is full of good yarns, thanks to a group of avid knitters.

The Geraldine village’s Crafting Ladies, who meet each Monday, have spent countless hours knitting blankets for Timaru Police to benefit the wider South Canterbury area.

Group founder Yvonne Seager said with the festive season now over, the members had resumed their normal gatherings in a bid to complete its next delivery, which will feature the 150th blanket.

“We had a bit of a break, but we are back in action now.”

She said the blankets were kept in police cars to help people suffering from a traumatic event, – anything from a car crash to domestic violence.

“[It is] nice to knit something for the local people,” she said.

Police acknowledged the group’s generosity by presenting them with a letter of thanks during the festive season, along with a bunch of flowers.

The group, which has about 24 members, has also knitted blankets for Victim Support, Women’s Refuge, Four Peak Health, Waihi Lodge and Mackenzie Healthcare.

McKenzie Lifestyle Village, where the knitters live, has also received some of the blankets.

“But the main blankets go to the police because there’s always a need there.”