Knitting classes offered in March

Feb 12, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo In the photo below, pictured are knitters in the guild from left, (front row) Crystal Plemmons, Joanne smith, Pam Potter, Susan Lee and Cindy Shock; (back row) Dantys Bohan, Mary Finn and Rose Ponder.

For the fourth year, the Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild is offering free Learn-To-Knit classes for adults and children.  The adult class will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 5,  and will run for six to eight  weeks.  This will give a  new (or returning) knitter the opportunity to learn the basic stitches.  After (or in addition to) the classes, motivated knitters are welcome in the several knitting circles that meet informally throughout the week in Waynesville.  The kids’ knit class will be held from 5 to 5:45 p.m. beginning Thursday, March 7, and will also run for six to eight weeks.

Both class sessions will be held in the Waynesville library board room and are free. Start-up materials for both the adults’ and the kids’ classes will be provided at no charge. Pre-registration is required, and class size is limited.   Enrollment will be first come basis.  Contact Susan Lee at 456-7826 to register.

The Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild was formed in 2009 to draw the large number of knitters throughout the tri-county area — once scattered and divided— into a cooperative whole.  Whether informal or organized, knitting circles have been part of small-town culture for years. Knitters tend to be gregarious folks — getting together to trade experience, patterns, to help one another and exchange small talk.  Knitting, in most cases, is not something learned from a book, and most knitters will tell  a story of who taught them, when, and how long they’ve been at it ever since.

The Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild — now with almost 100 members — provides knitters, regardless of skill or experience level, with exciting opportunities for education, fellowship and the sharing of the craft they love.  There are no dues or fees associated with the several knitters’ circles that meet in Waynesville throughout the week, and the cost of membership in the Knitting Guild is nominal.

The guild holds monthly meetings for its members,  sponsors two retreats each year, hosts yarn safaris and road trips, publishes a monthly newsletter, and presents an educational program each month on a variety of topics for knitters of all abilities.   For  information on membership, contact Liz Brigham at 452-7133 or e-mail lmbrigham4@gmail.com;  or visit SMKGuild@yahoo.com.

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