NEW GLASGOW – Knitters of New Glasgow don’t have to go it alone.
© AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS
Andrea Walker was hard at work on her current project during the New Glasgow Public Library’s knitting circle on Sept. 21.
The public library will be hosting a knitting circle once a month on Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. for anyone looking to share needlework ideas.
“It’s kind of an artistic outlet,” organizer Heather MacInnis says.
MacInnis hopes the knitting gatherings allow for everyone to inspire one another.
“You can get into a rut.”
While individual projects are welcome, Leslie Carlyle-Ebert, president of the hospital auxiliary, had an idea to offer.
The Women’s and Children’s ward at the Aberdeen Hospital provides memorial boxes for families who give birth to stillborn babies.
Part of that project includes little knitted hats and sweaters.
Not all families want it, Carlyle-Ebert says, but many do. She says it’s part of the grieving process.
The parents receive a photo of their child, a sweater, hat and a receiving blanket.
“It’s nice to knit something you know will mean a lot to someone.”
Eight people showed up for the first meeting this past Saturday and were ready to start exchanging tips on their current projects.
Some had been knitting since they were small children while others were only just beginning.
The levels don’t matter. It’s an opportunity for companionship or a place to get help for knitters when they’re stuck, MacInnis said.
“We’ll run with it, see where it takes us.”
Another advantage to the group is that they will be offering a yarn exchange.
Often, there are parts of a project that require a certain type or colour, MacInnis notes, but not enough to justify buying a full ball of yarn.
The exchange allows for someone else’s knitting trash to become another’s treasure.
The next meeting will be in mid-October.
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