Women Stitch Together During World Wide Knit-In Public Day Event

Published: June 15, 2019 at 08:00 am


A large ball of red yarn rolled off the table where seven-year-old Ruth Tepper was crocheting. A single red strand led to her needle, where stitch after stitch formed at her fingertips.

Ruth sat in a breezy spot under the trees, part of a group occupying the terrace outside C.H. Booth Library on Saturday, June 8. She and a handful of women were participating in World Wide Knit In Public Day. Locally, Connecticut Woolcrafters hosted the knit-in as part of an international observance on the first Saturday of June.

Both knitting and crocheting projects were in progress during the three-hour event. Khrystyne Cracraft-Keane was at work on a dark blue scarf that she estimated would take her two to six weeks to complete, depending on her time. She did some quick calculations and said the scarf would have roughly 16,000 stitches when finished, “But who’s counting,” she said.

A glance around the ladies seated outside the library found they all were concentrating on similar, but different work. Two needles knit, and one needle crochets, they explained.

Connecticut Woolcrafters meets monthly at the library. Founded earlier this year to bring together the local fiber community and offer artists the opportunity to develop their skills, the group gathers in the library’s meeting room from 10 am until 1 pm on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings will continue through the summer, according to Founder Nancy Gould.

Connecticut Woolcrafters is also planning to participate in Newtown Arts Festival this year, Ms Gould told The Newtown Bee in May.



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