A new club is promoting intergenerational friendship and teaching the art of needle crafts all while providing a much needed service to the community. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mora Library and the East Central Regional Library, the Crochet and Knitting Club had their first meeting Sept. 25 at the Mora Library. The main purpose of the club is to knit or crochet hats, scarves and mittens to share with community members in need this winter.
The idea of providing winter gear began last year when patrons of the library came in with cold, chapped hands or no hat on bitter, cold days. Library staff donated items from their supplies at home to give to those in need, but the basket at the library emptied too quickly to keep up with the demand. So the question became how can this become an ongoing sustainable service? After some thought and discussion the idea of the club was formed.
After the first meeting exciting changes have already been made. Social media and word of mouth have generated much interest in the club. Now those interested in participating have two options. The first is the original meeting on the last Wednesday of the month from 1-3 p.m. (note time change from the original 3-5 p.m.). The second option is the first Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to accommodate those who work.
Recommended for teens and adults, those attending a club meeting enjoy tea and cookies, work on projects and share conversations with everyone from award winning knitters to novices sharing patterns and tips for the items that are being crafted.
At this time the goal of the club is to keep the basket full for anyone needing warm hats, scarves and mittens this winter. Librarian Katherine Jordan emphasized that these items are free to all who need them saying, “The library is more than books. We are trying to meet the needs of the community and welcome any ideas.”
Donations of items are welcome from anyone who is unable to attend the meetings. Also, new or gently used hats, scarves and mittens will be accepted as well as yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks. Anyone wishing to donate may drop off materials at the library.
The next meeting dates for the club are Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 1-3 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.