Crafter speaks of love of knitting for needy children

A knitter loves making teddies to send to Malawi.

A keen crafter from Angus in Scotland has spoken about how much pleasure it gives her to knit toys for needy children in Africa.

Grace Lownie, who is a nonagenarian, has been stitching little teddies with scarves to send to Malawi for more than a decade - and she has notched up an astonishing 1,000, the Courier reports.

The idea came from a church project that aimed to spread some joy to some of the poorest children in the world, but Grace went further than most by keeping her knitting needles busy throughout the years.

"Some days I'm not able to do much because of my arthritis but, on the days I can knit, I will probably do a teddy in a day," she revealed. "The teddy is often the only thing that belongs to the children so they are very proud of them."

Indeed, the kindly lady has a number of photographs of smiling children holding her teddies in the sunshine, which spurs her on to keep doing her good deeds.

However, Grace did deviate a tiny bit from her African project earlier this year, when she picked up her red, white and blue chunky yarn and knitted a teddy for Prince George shortly after his birth in July.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were so touched by the handmade gift that they sent her a card to thank her.

Meanwhile, across the pond in the US, knitter Opal Gaspard has also been using her crafting to think of others for a number of years, the Shreveport Times reports.

The 89-year-old has hand-knitted approximately 448 Christmas stockings for friends and family members over the past three decades, all of which have been lovingly displayed on their mantelpieces ready for Santa to fill.

"It's my hobby. It's an obsession with me now, I think," the widow admitted.

Most have Santa, snowmen, candy canes or reindeer on them, along with the recipient's name stitched at the top, making for a truly thoughtful present that can be enjoyed year after year.

The true spirit of Christmas really is alive all over the world - have a wonderful festive season and a happy 2014, full of all your favourite knitting projects.

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