Soon autumn will be upon us. The leaves will fall, the days will get shorter, and we will be looking for ways to stay inside and stay warm. Why not warm up with a hobby or a good book? Our chosen hobby here in Weston is knitting. We are getting out our needles and yarn...and of course, our books. Come check out our books on knitting, and when you put down the needles for a while, you can read a good fiction book about knitting too. We have something for everyone.
Do you quilt? Crochet? Knit? Any needlework is welcome. Bring your ideas and projects to the Oak Grove Stitchers Circle. We meet the fourth Tuesday of each month at 2:00 pm. Beginners and experienced crafters are welcome as we share ideas, and teach each other new skills.
Beginners can check out these titles to get started:
Creativity flows freely from the Lee’s Summit Knits and Needles group. Beautiful and amazing items are knitted, crocheted, and quilted. This group meets the first and third Thursday each month at 1pm to share ideas, tips, and patterns. Bring projects you are stuck on, show off something you have actually finished, or just come to find new ideas for projects to start. We look forward to seeing you there.
On the street where I grew up, there was a lady who would try to teach all the girls on the block how to knit. Every year, we would go to her house and have a lesson. For some of us, the lessons stuck, but for me, not so much. During the year, she would sit in her rocker by the window and watch the kids play or go off the school. She would wave to us as she sat there knitting. I was always impressed that she didn’t even have to look at what she was doing, and could still knit a straight row. Some of my favorite Christmas gifts are the ones that she made.
Whether we like to admit it or not, it's time again for winter gear. Time for new gloves and scarves. Why not save some money this holiday, make some gloves and scarves at home. MCPL has lots of books to make it easy for you. So, why not learn a new skill, and make some gloves and scarves for you and the family. Here are some great books:
Inspired by the Japanese craft trend, amigurumi are little knitted animal friends that can be made for children. Little knitted Creatures by Amy Gaines contains 26 amigurumi patterns, each one cuter than the next, perfect for the knitting grandmother or aunt to create. Whether you choose the squirrel, ladybug, hedgehog or whale, creating one of these is knitting love.
To celebrate the Summer Reading Program, Lee's Summit volunteers have organized our first Yarn Bombing. The tree in front of our building is all decked out in bright colors with a special message reading, "One World, Many Stories." There's even a new friend out front!
Area knitters of all ages helped dress our tree. It's called Yarn bombing; items like trees, lampposts, even buses, are decorated with knitted fabric.
When I want to do a little needlework, and I always do, I look for inspiration at the library. There are wonderful books for knitters, crochet, tatting, quilters, and some kinds of needlework you've never heard of. Also, I like to go to YouTube and get great instruction for special techniques.