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Knit and Crochet at Westerly Library by Nina Wright


Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, and Madonna are just some of the 38 million people nationwide who enjoy knitting and crocheting, according to the Craft Yarn Council. Their recent survey of over 3000 knitters and crocheters shows that people of all ages are enjoying these crafts, including a healthy percentage of younger knitters, 18-34 years of age. This is a very widespread, popular and (dare I say it) cool activity.


Westerly Library has over 100 books just on knitting or crocheting, ranging from many for beginners to books for seasoned knitters wanting to learn very advanced techniques. Some of the most fun books to look through, even for those of us that don’t do any needlework, are the fun and quirky pattern books. We have one that contains patterns for dolls from classic books, so you can make a little Ebeneezer Scrooge or Sherlock Holmes! One book has 50 patterns for different kinds of dogs, and they are all adorable. That is not to be confused with the book full of patterns of clothing for your dog! Perhaps the oddest one we have is “Crochet Taxidermy”, which provides patterns for many adorable animal heads. The picture on the front of the book shows them mounted on little wood backdrops and hung on the wall just like an old deer head would be displayed. There are far too many super fun knitting and crocheting books to list here but just know that if are ever struck with the urge to knit a tiny little eggplant, the library can help you with that!


Would you like to refresh your memory on how to knit or crochet? Do you love to knit or crochet but wish for a community to share your hobby with? We have a group that meets on the second floor of the library every Tuesday evening from 5:30-7:30. Bring your project, work on one with others, share your techniques, and swap yarn and creativity! This isn’t really a group set up to teach needlework to complete beginners, but usually there are people of various skill levels and most of the time, someone is able to lend a hand if needed. New members are always welcome!