Friday, April 10, 2009

my new heroine: Maria from l'Aquila

It was the Yarn Harlot who drew our attention to a report from Cambridge University which concluded that, whilst knitting had a marked effect on coping with the aftermath of trauma, few people were likely to carry "emergency knitting".

Fortunately 98-year old Maria D'Antuono of L'Aquila has proved to the researchers that, sometimes, people do have emergency crochet to hand. According to the guardian and Ansa news agency, she spent 30 hours waiting for rescuers to dig her out after last week's earthquake and, asked how she had passed her time, she reportedly said that "she had been busy with her hook and wool".

Rescuers gave her a packet of biscuits, but she asked for a comb, so that she would look decent on arrival at hospital.

Respect!

7 comments:

Zoe said...

A great story - what a fascinating lady.

Gina said...

What a wonderful story. Stewart read it out from the paper and said that would be me!

Lyndsey-Jane said...

saw this myself earlier - what a star!!!

Emily said...

It's true what they say - women are like teabags, the hotter the water the stronger they get!

Daisy said...

What a fantastic woman!

jayne said...

Definately a heroine!

angie said...

absolutely! Great story.