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93-year-old Debert woman busy knitting hats for babies

Margaret Pirie, under the watchful eye of her cat Gadget, knits four or five preemie hats most days. The 93-year-old sends them all to the IWK Children’s Hospital.
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Margaret Pirie, under the watchful eye of her cat Gadget, knits four or five preemie hats most days. The 93-year-old sends them all to the IWK Children’s Hospital.LYNN CURWIN/TRURO DAILY NEWS

DEBERT, N.S.

Although shes known to many as their former music teacher, Margaret Pirie – aka Mrs. Dill – now keeps her hands busy knitting hats for babies.

The 93-year-old Debert woman can knit while watching television, having a conversation, or even reading a book, and she often has a big grey tabby called Gadget resting his head on her lap while she works.

I knit preemie hats, she said. It makes me feel good to know Im helping keep babies warm, and knitting is relaxing.

She manages to whip up four or five on an average day, and when she attends the monthly IODE meeting she hands them over to be delivered to the IWK Childrens Hospital in Halifax.

Pirie has been an IODE member since 1963 and it was at one of the meetings that she heard of the need for hats. Being an experienced knitter she was happy to help.

She cant remember when she first learned to knit, but knows she was quite young.

I think the housekeeper taught me, she said. It certainly wasnt my mom. I tried to teach her to knit and couldnt teach her at all.

Having taught for 33 years, Pirie often has former students recognize her when shes in town.

Some of them may even have children and grandchildren whove been given one of her hats.

 

lynn.curwin@trurodaily.com

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