Pupil knits for Oklahoma victims

Online knitting classes bring crafts to busy homes

The recent Oklahoma tornado saw entire neighbourhoods flattened, causing death and destruction for many families.

As the community looks to rebuild its homes a school child from Wyoming is looking to aid the recovery efforts in the only way she knows how, through knitting.

Casper Star-Tribune reports that Riley Plum has been busy knitting yarn into functional kitchen accessories such as washcloths, dish towels, hot pads and woven sponges.

After turning on the TV last week and witnessing the effects of the tornado the nine-year-old decided to help.

She is now spending her free time knitting and crocheting kitchen items to send to the people of Oklahoma.

Her mother, Dorothy, said that they rang a church in the state and arranged that anything Riley makes can be sent there.

The young knitter this week visited a yarn shop in her local Casper where she helped spread the word while stocking up on supplies.

She spoke at an open knitting night and asked others in the community to make donations.

Lauren Groves, who works at the Dancing Sheep Yarn and Fiber Shop said that Riley "has amazing knitting skills for a little girl of her age" and praised her for her quick-fingered abilities.

The store donated several skeins of yarn to the project and now around ten people in the town are helping to knit their own contributions.

Riley told the publication that she enjoys knitting because "there [are] so many things you can do".

After being taught to knit by her mother around a year ago, the youngster has been practicing every day and has so far managed to make shawls, socks, hats and scarves.

Ms Plum said that she was taught by her grandma when she was five and explained: "It was something we did as a family. No matter how crazy things got, you could always make something."

So far Riley has knitted six washcloths for the victims of the Oklahoma tornado and her mother has made around two dozen.

The dynamic duo are hoping to make 50 before they donate a batch.

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