In recent years, knitting and crocheting have made a comeback and their popularity can be experienced first hand in an unlikely place − the local library.
Groups meet regularly at locations throughout the county sharing skills, stories and projects. Some have even turned the hobby into a way of giving back to the community. Several members of one local knitting and crocheting club have made caps, booties and blankets to donate to Tiny Stitches, an organization that provides basic clothing, bedding and other items for newborns of families in need in North Georgia (tinystitches.org). They have also made chemo caps for patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy treatments.
The ladies who attend these events are passionate about their craft and want to keep it alive by passing it on to the next generation. Macey Williams, age 13, attends with her grandmother and is even responsible for teaching her grandmother, Shirley Williams, to knit. Shirley said she treasures the time she gets to spend with her granddaughter and they often make an entire day of it, complete with lunch and shopping.
No prior knowledge of knitting or crocheting is necessary; in fact, there are volunteers who will help teach you and get you started. Just bring your yarn, knitting needles or crochet hooks, and a willingness to learn and laugh.
April 7, 14, 28
Sit & Stitch Social 10 a.m.-noon.
Enjoy the company of other creative people while you stitch on your current project.
April 5 & 19
Crocheting Club 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Joyce Jacobs will teach beginners how to crochet. Bring your needles and yarn for a fun-filled learning experience. Call 770-735-2025. No registration required.
April 5, 12, 19, 26
Knitting/Crocheting 1 – 3 p.m.
Darlene Pawlicki will help you get started on a knitting or crocheting project. Bring your needles and yarn and be prepared to have fun. No registration or prior knowledge required.