- Musakali Juma said his mother uses her gifted hands to knit cardigan sweaters which she gifts her family members and friends
- The university don said his mother has been knitting for many years and has perfected the exceptional craft which she learned from the colonialists
- The lecturer said her mother feels fulfilled when she knits something and someone likes it
A Moi University lecturer is all smiles after receiving a beautiful handknit sweater done by his 93-year-old mother as a present.
Musakali Juma, a communication scholar, said his mother uses her gifted hands to knit cardigan sweaters which she then gifts her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends.
Despite her old age, Musakali said his mother, who will be turning 94 in December 2021, has perfect eyesight and does not require vision aids to undertake her work.
Taking to Facebook, the university don shared photos of the well designed green and orange sweaters he and his brother had been gifted by their mother.
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From the images, the sweaters are well designed that one could think they have been made by a machine or shipped from some designer shop abroad.
Perfected the art
Speaking to Kenyan widely read news website, TUKO.co.ke, Musakali said his mother has been knitting for some time now and has perfected the exceptional craft with every piece she churns out.
He said she learned the skill from the colonialists and since then, she has mastered the art of shaving wool from sheep, converting it to threads before she begins knitting.
To complete one cardigan sweater, the communications tutor said, his mother takes about one to two weeks depending on the size and design.
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"She has been knitting for so long but gave it a break when she was up and about with her chores as a married woman. When she slowed down on chores due to her age, she took it up again to keep herself busy and has never stopped," said Musakali.
Having been caught up with old age, the nonagenarian knits as a pastime activity.
The lecturer said his mother feels fulfilled when she knits something and someone likes it.
To retain the art in the family, one of the granny's granddaughters has taken over the knitting art from her and is now running it as a business.
" She also just likes taking on knitting challenges. She adds that she just wants to keep it alive and she's so happy one of her granddaughters has taken it up and running a business now," Musakali added.
Despite being a hobby, her talent has come in handy for the less fortunate.
She recently collected old sweaters, removed the workable thread and made four school sweaters for children in her neighbourhood who could not afford to buy.
Surprisingly, the lecturer said despite knitting sweaters for other people, she has never made one for herself.
Man celebrated his dad
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a proud son, Titilola Bello, went online to celebrate his dad who excelled again in his academics and bagged his second PhD from the University of Ibadan.
Taking to his LinkedIn page, Titilola said that the PhD is one of the several academic achievements the man has got in his lifetime.
He already had three master's degrees in law, banking and finance, and computer science. Apart from that, he has five other certifications.