Knitters, crocheters boast fellowship, fun while doing good here and across the world
From bottom left to right: Sue Tate, Donna Garrison, Susannah Lyle, Brandi Dean, Emma Cox, Fran Smith, Nettie Corley and Sherry Maddox.
By Rosa Willis
The Pickens County Yarner’s Club is a group that meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Pickens County Public Library to enjoy fellowship while working away at knitting, crocheting, embroidery and cross-stitch. The group welcomes anyone of any age to join.
“Everyone is welcome. It doesn’t matter if you know how to work with yarn as long as you want to learn. Even if you just want to try, somebody here will help you,” group members say.
Members range in age from 10 to 82 years at the moment and they are always looking for new members to add to their current group of approximately 30 people. “This week we may have 12 people. Next week we may only have six or eight. It’s just whoever comes when they can,” group members agreed.
People of all skill levels are welcome as members would love to teach anyone new how to knit or crochet.
“We really learn from each other, and we can teach new people,” club member Sherry Maddox said.
Small children are welcome either to help or to sit and watch the activities take place.
The club has been together for seven years and does various projects inside the community. This past year, the club worked together to make and raffle off an afghan (of over 300 squares), of which all proceeds went to the Pickens Public Library to purchase easy reading books for children.
The club makes prayer shawls, caps and scarves for those enduring chemotherapy treatments, and pockets to fit on the sides of wheelchairs and beds for seniors in nursing homes around Pickens. Club members also work on individual projects, whether the project is for an organization, their church, or even a family member.
The club’s outreach stretches far beyond the Jasper community.
“One of the last shawls I crocheted is actually in Africa,” said club member Brandi Dean. “Never in a million years while I was making it did I think it would end up in Africa,” she said. Her work was given to a missionary who now wears her shawl all across another continent.
Another club member, Sherry Maddox, often sends her yarn work to her family and friends in Canada to enjoy. Other ladies keep their work around the community, but regardless of where the work ends up, it makes an impact.
The group enjoys fellowship between its members and frequently has get-togethers outside of the library. “We like to be able to support each other. It’s more than just a knitting or crocheting club. We’ve been known to pray for each other if somebody’s going through something serious. It’s really a moral support group as well as a yarning group,” club members agreed together.
The club’s meetings last about two hours for both the morning and evening sessions, but it is come and go as you please.
“Just bring your own supplies,” said group leader Nettie Corley said. “There’s no charge or expense to it. Just come.”