Stories and laughs shared over knitting needles

Kandahar Home resident Win recently helped set up a knitting group.

Kandahar Home resident Win says knitting is far more enjoyable when you’re doing it around other people.

“I don’t want to sit and knit all by myself all the time.”

The self-proclaimed avid knitter recently helped to establish a regular knitting group at the Enliven home in Masterton.

“I just asked a couple of other residents who are knitters,” Win explains. “There were four of us at the first group and it’s grown from there.”

The group now meets every Tuesday morning in Kandahar Home to share stories, tips, and work on their creations.

Recently members of the group were making jerseys, scarves, and shawls.

When the country was still at Covid-19 Alert Level 1, Win was also able to invite some of her friends from outside the home to take part in the group.

There are some in the group who have knitted all their lives, and others who have been doing it for only a few years.

Win notes how people around the country turned to knitting as a pastime while the country was in Level 4 lock down.

“It’s a good activity for the brain.”

The group also provides a nice opportunity to catch up and for some residents to get to know each other better.

“This is a good chance to share stories and reminisce,” says Win.

When Win moved into Kandahar Home in February, she brought with her some beautiful knitted treasures, including a large peggy square blanket that she made over four years.

Kandahar Home and sister site, Kandahar Court, are both located in Lansdowne, Masterton. To find out more about the homes and the elder-centred Enliven philosophy, visit You can also call the homes directly on 06 370 0447 (Kandahar Home) or 06 370 0449 (Kandahar Court). 

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