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Blankets on Show November 2014

Donated Wool – Donated Time – Colorful Creation = Donated Blankets = warm Orphans

Blanket with blues and purple and redThe Rodney Operation Cover Up(OCU) group of knitters came together for a morning on the first Monday in November.

We enjoyed a cup of tea and biscuits and had the opportunity to pick up donated wool for knitting items to be sent from New Zealand to Eastern Europe for orphans and other people in need.

Usually there is also marmalade and pickles made by Anne Bishop for sale (all proceeds are donated for sending the blankets overseas).

It is always exciting to see the blankets and other things made by the busy people of the Rodney OCU group. (See photos below) 

The next meeting is on the 1st of December 2014 at Anne Bishop’s place.

Find out how you can contribute to this worthy course.

Blankets on Show October 2014

Pile of Blankets Oct 14Donated Wool – Donated Time – Colorful Creation = Donated Blankets = warm Orphans

In October at the monthly meeting for the Rodney Operation Cover Up(OCU) knitters we had the pleasure to see lots of Blankets. Some of these are in the photos below.

The get-together is an opportunity for people to:

  • get more donated wool to create more items for orphans
  • have a chat
  • find out the latest OCU news
  • have a cuppa and a biscuit
  • knit or crochet

The next meeting is on the 3rd of November 2014 at Anne Bishop’s place.

Find out how you can contribute to this worthy course.

Blankets on Show in September 2014

Some of the blankets September 2014 shown at the monthly knitting meeting at Anne Bishop’s place for Operation Cover up (OCU):

Knitting benefits the Brain

Knitting womanKnitting can be a form of Meditation.

The repetitive motion of knitting has a calming influence on our nervous system and can help settle anxiety. Our general sense of well being can improve when we do crafts like knitting and/or crocheting.

Doing something creative may slow down aging.

A study published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy involving 3500 people showed that people with depression felt happier after knitting.

Seeing the results of our effort and getting people’s appreciation for our creations.

Knowing that our time was spend to contribute to someone else’s well being, like those who knit for Operation Cover up(OCU), produces a good feeling
If it makes you feel good it contributes to producing dopamine.

Read more at This is your Brain on Knitting

Photo Credit: Pixabay

Rodney Knitters in the Newspaper


Rodney Knitters in the Newspaper

Knitted Jumper

A reporter, Chris Thompson, came to the monthly Operation Cover Up(OCU) knitting group in Orewa.

Anne Bishop, the co-ordinator of the Rodney knitters, told him all about the way people contribute to orphans in Eastern Europe staying warm.
As a result of this interview an article appeared in the North Harbour Times. (see image below).


 Knitting wool be going far

Orphans in Europe received 2221 knitted Items from Rodney in New Zealand

Knitted blanket lots of little diamonds2221 knitted (and crochet) Items created by women and men in Rodney (north of Auckland), New Zealand were sent to Europe for Orphans in 2014.

Over the last 10 years the busy knitters in Rodney have contributed to keeping Orphans in Europe warm supporting the worthy cause called Operation Cover Up (OCU) which was started by Liz Clarke in Taupo. Mission without Borders is the charity in charge of OCU.

This year over 200 blankets like the one in the photos have been created by people north of Auckland, New Zealand.

Some knitters have completed a whole blanket. Others have just knitted one or two strips. It takes around 4 1/2 hours to join the 7 strips, each a 160 cm longKnitted blanket red mix


The over two thousand pieces helping children in areas of Europe when winter temperatures drop to minus 30 Celcius also contained:

  • Hats
  • Scarfs
  • Jumpers
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • etc.

At the helm of the Rodney group of knitters is the co-ordinator Anne Bishop (in the picture) who has monthly knitting meetings. At those meetings people can also pick up wool (which has been donated) from the many boxes in Anne’s garage. This wool then is made into items for Operation Cover Up (OCU) to be sent in the next shipment to European Orphanages.
Some of these items also go to people in need, but the orphans are first in line.

We are hoping to spread the word so more people will contribute wool and/or their time towards this heart warming cause.

For more information about who receives the knitted goods and who checks that they get to those who need it read the Frequently Asked Questions about Operation Cover Up(OCU).