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Blankets on show in September 2015

Blanket Aug 15 There were only a few blankets on show on the first Monday of September.

August was the month when all the items of the year where being shipped to Eastern Europe.
The Rodney Operation Cover Up group sent 3322 items this year.
Maybe people were knitting up a storm to get the blankets into the shipment and they are taking a little break.

Find out how you can contribute.

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Donated Blankets July

Blankets on Display in July 2015

Blanket made Waiheke Island ladies
Another friendly get-together of crafty people who donate their time to create items, like blankets, for Operation Coverup took place on the first Monday in July 2015.

You can see the photos of the ‘Show and Tell‘ displaying the blankets below.

The  Rodney Operation Coverup (OCU) group of knitters and other craft people have donated over 2300 item so far since last August.

The Rodney OCU group even has ladies from Waiheke Island contributing their time and skill. The blankets  at the start of this post (and the last 3 below) are made by them.

The next shipment to Europe, which will deliver these items to keep  orphans and other people in need warm, will leave in August.

You can help with the shipment costs by purchasing the jams and pickles Anne Bishop makes at Flowers by Joanne, in Orewa in Riverside road.

To find out more assist in this worthy cause click on ‘Contribute

Show and Tell of Blankets in June

Blankets shown in June 2015

Blanket  003 June 2015On the first Monday in June 2015 another lot of blankets, which will be donated to people in need – especially orphans – in Eastern Europe, were on display.

Each one of these blankets is made up of donated wool and lots of stitches. People in Rodney, New Zealand provide their craft skills  and time to create these and many other items to keep orphans, and other people in need, warm during the freezing (sometimes below -30 degree celcius) winter nights and possible even days.

Find out about the monthly meeting for the Rodney Operation Coverup (OCU) group, where  people who knit and crochet blankets, hats, scarfs, etc. , meet for a chat, a cuppa and the opportunity to pick up more donated wool for their creations.

Scarf Patterns for free

Scarf, HeadbandReflection Cable Headband Cowl by ‘Funky Air Bear


Click on any Image to see a larger version 

Drop stich scarf

Drop Stitch Scarf
Christine Vogel


Lacy Scarf

Wisp – a lacy Mohair Scarf by Cheryl Niamath
on knitty


Lots of Scarf patterns on knitty

Pattern for basic knitted Blanket

How to knit a basic Blanket

Blanket with long yellow and blue PanelsWhat do you need:

4 mm Knitting Needles

Double knit Yarn (you can use the donated wool)

Basic Patten:

7 strips 20cm wide 160cm long

  • Cast on 40 stitches
  • Knit in garter stitch (all rows either knit or pearl)
  • Use different colors in blocks or stripes
  • Set off black or whites with colors
  • Leave about two inches (6cm) ends of each color so it can be sown in to the knitting
  • Sow in ends along the row

Joining the 7 strips

Crochet strips together

Space stitches into every second row.

Crochet around the edges a stitch into every third row.

Crocheting the strips together gives the blankets more flexibility and strength than sowing would.

This is the pattern suggested for the blankets donated to Operation Cover Up

For other (free)patterns click here.


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

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).