Last week at the Hotchkiss Library, librarian Sarah Pope sat at a table full of yarn, patterns and homemade cookies preparing for the start of the library's new knitting program that runs throughout the month of November. "Knitting November was an idea that I had been toying with for some time," says Pope.
"We had never really done anything like this, but we felt it could be a neat opportunity to bring the community together ahead of the winter months." The Hotchkiss Library has offered a travel series, book clubs and movie nights, but nothing like this.
The Knitting November program is an ongoing project. The participants came to the library and learned how to knit. Then they took home all of the materials and tools needed to make their knitted work of art. The library provided the patterns, yarn and needles. Everyone will come back together in December to show off their work of art, and discuss any issues or challenges they encountered.
The initial session was a huge success. There were six participants, and they learned from Pope and her assistant Arlyn Alderdice, as well as from each other. "It is always hard to get people out in the winter, especially as it gets colder, but programs like this give us the ability to continue building community, while giving everyone something to do while they are staying warm next to the fire," says Pope. "Many think that knitting is easy, but there are a number of different techniques and tricks that can enhance your project. If you do not have support from friends, you may simply give up. It is a way to have fun, build friendships and learn a new skill all at the same time. One of the participants, Emma Stopher Griffin, has already contacted me stating, 'I am obsessed, and can't stop knitting!' "
As everyone left, they were excited about the projects they had started and the friendships they were making. "I know everyone will enjoy working on their project this month. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's knitted project and hearing about all they've learned," added Pope. They may not all come back perfect, and some of them may have to start over, but that will be part of the fun. The bonds they have formed in the process will be perfect, however, and that will lead to a close-knit group with many more projects being worked together in the future.blog comments powered by Disqus