100-year-old ‘still crazy about knitting’

Outdoor knitters get into Olympic spirit

Throughout a lifetime many people will flit between different hobbies, from sports to crafts and reading to art.

But for some people there is nothing better than honing your favourite activity from childhood and sticking with it till you reach a ripe old age.

This is exactly what Mary Barry of Cockfosters, London has been doing, as at the age of 100, she has been completing knitting patterns for almost a century.

She refuses to let her age stop her from knitting however, and despite not being as fast as she once was her enthusiasm for the craft has never waned, the Enfield Independent reports.

Ms Barry, who lives in Christchurch Lodge, is a self-taught knitting fanatic and began her hobby when she was only eight years old. She started off by making a wide range of different items, including jumpers, dresses, cardigans and even suits.

She has more recently been making things for charity and is currently knitting a woollen blanket – ready to be donated to any worthy cause which would like it.

Ms Barry told the newspaper: “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.”

The centenarian went on to say: “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!”

Ms Barry, who has been living in her sheltered home since 2009 thanked the staff for supporting her in continuing to knit. She gave a particular thank you to volunteers at a nearby community centre for helping to crochet the blanket together from the squares she has been knitting.

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