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From CBC:

A new statue in St. John's celebrates the tradition of knitting in Newfoundland and Labrador, and 100 years of the group that helped turn yarn into income for outport women.

The bronze statue (artist Morgan MacDonald) on the grounds of Government House marks the centenary of the Newfoundland Outport Nursing and Industrial Association, which has had knitting at its core since its start in 1920.

NONIA was created to raise money for public health nurses in outport communities, selling knitted goods from knitters across the province. As time went on, and health care fell under government's purview, knitting for NONIA became a way for women to earn extra income to support their families.