More than knitting takes place during Knit-ins

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There was much more than knitting going on during a knit-in at the Colchester Historeum on Saturday. 

Bert Willis, left, learned how to felt when she dropped into the Colchester Historeum for a knit-in on Saturday. Providing tips was experienced felter Deborah Smith.

Some of those who stopped in during the day were doing spinning, weaving and felting.

“The variety of things people brought in to work on one of the surprises when we started holding the knit-ins”, said organizer Beth Johnston. “These are really for any yarn crafts. We have beginners and experts. People help each other, and share patterns and ideas. ”

Last winter students from Dal AC joined and learned to knit.

“Knitting is a traditional craft that’s seeing resurgence,” said Johnston. “We want to support an old tradition using some new ways. We’ve been able to get helpful information from websites.”

Creativity is encouraged and those who attend enjoy seeing what others are making. One of the more unusual items recently knit was an iPhone cover.

One knitter who is also a musician sometimes brings her musical group in to provide entertainment.

“We’re working on a collective project, which is a blanket with 60 squares,” said Johnston. “Some people are knitting things for the gift shop, to help raise funds for the historeum.”

One of the women who regularly attends the knit-ins can also supply materials needed for the projects. Gwen Mader, who had her loom with her on Saturday, runs Gwen’s Handmade Creations, a yarn and fibre shop in Salmon River.

The knit-ins are held on the fifteenth of each month from 1:30 – 7:30 pm, with a light meal served between 4:30 and 5:30. While some people choose to stay for the entire six hours others drop in for just an hour or two. Attendance ranges from six to 25.

More information on the knit-ins, as well as other events at the historeum, can be found online at colchesterhistoreum.ca or on the historeum’s Facebook page or by calling 895-6284.

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