MOUNT VERNON — The traditional handicrafts of knitting and crocheting are alive and well at Mount Vernon Middle School. Each week, girls and boys gather to practice learned skills, to pick up pointers, and get ideas for new patterns and projects.
The Knit & Crochet Club was a student’s idea. On a school trip to Florida three years ago, club advisor Laura Rochte, who has been crocheting since the age of 8 and later taught herself to knit, saw one of the sixth-graders knitting on the bus. They began talking about the craft, and the student suggested the formation of a club. From its humble beginnings with three members, the club has grown to a membership of 20 and they are creating a variety of beautiful decorative and useful items.
When the News visited a recent club meeting, Kayla Bialota, grade eight, was working on a Granny Squares project started by her late grandmother. She said she wanted to finish the afghan in honor of her grandmother.
Seventh-grader Maygan Newcomb likes the chance to practice a once-dying craft. “It’s kind of cool to see what designs you can make and what it looks like at the finish,” she said. “It’s an old art [form] that is starting to go away. I wish it doesn’t because it’s really fun and it kind of helps you relax.”
Retta Newlon, grade eight, joined the club because her grandmother was a knitter. “I wanted to be like her,” she said. “I saw some of her projects and it looked like it was really fun. It kind of motivated me to do this. It’s actually really, really fun to do. You can make many things.”
Eighth-grader Brady Bemiller revealed that he has known how to knit for a couple of years. He joined the club because, he said, “I thought it would be nice to get in a group so that I can do it again. I think it’s a neat little hobby.”
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