Club Corner: questions for Much Ado About Knitting
What activities does the club have?

We have “meetings” at least once a week, but these meetings would more appropriately be called “get-togethers.” Everyone is free to come and go as they please. It’s a free time for people to learn how to knit, get help on a project, buy yarn or rent needles! We even have a collection of knitting and crocheting books that are free to be rented out for two weeks at a time.

Currently, we are working on getting people up to speed on the basics of knitting so that we can begin our monthly project of making blankets to give to the Amherst Emergency Homeless Shelter. We’ll be kicking off this project next Saturday! We’re super excited about using this skill both for our own enjoyment and to help others in the community. We believe this will also help us bond as a new-born club.

When does it meet?

Typically, we’ve been meeting on Saturday afternoons for a couple hours at a time. The time span will be some time between the hours of 3 to 6 p.m. in Chapin Lounge. We send out an email every week about what time we will meet and news about new yarn or upcoming projects. If you would like to be on the email list, just come on one Saturday and add your name then!

How can people join?

Anyone and everyone can join! You don’t need to know how to knit; you don’t even need your own needles and yarn. Talk to us or send us an email if you don’t know what time to show up on Saturday. We’d love to have you!

What is so awesome about it?

Knitting is such a glorious craft and hobby — not only can you make cool looking wooly objects, but it’s good for you too! It lowers stress levels by its therapeutic, repetitive nature, all the while keeping you productive. Much Ado About Knitting provides everyone with a chance to learn, a place to create, and a source of help, supplies and ideas!

What are the club’s goals for the semester?

We always want to have more people joining simply so that more people will be knitting over the place, but also so that we can really put our knitting to good use and make blankets for the local shelters and grops that need help. The more the knitting club grows in size and knitting skill, the more complicated and fun projects we can make for the community — and even support people in need abroad as well.

We are also thinking of hosting a major event this semester. It might be a raffle or benifit dinner. We are also planning on organizing a field trip to go to Web’s, the largest yarn store in U.S., which is located in Northampton!

We look forward to seeing some great cozy projects for this cold weather and having a great time doing so.

Issue 13, Submitted 2011-02-02 00:22:14