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Knitting guild’s fashion fundraiser set for Aug. 10

By Donda Bennett | Jun 05, 2013

Each month, the Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild in Waynesville brings together knitters of all skill levels to swap patterns and tips, while working on handmade creations, ranging from intricate hats to uniquely patterned scarves.

This year the guild will host its 5th annual charity fundraiser and fashion show at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug.10, 2013, at the Haywood Regional Arts Theater in Waynesville.

The fashion show will feature over 60 pieces donated by guild members and local yarn shops, including Purls Yarn Emporium, The Yarn Nook, Black Mountain Yarn Shop, Yarn Paradise, Silver Threads and Golden Needles and Friends and Fiberworks. The show will also feature entertainment by the Trantham Family, a charity drawing, dessert buffet and wine cash bar.

The guild has chosen The Good Samaritan Clinic of Haywood County to be the fundraiser recipient.  This free clinic provides health care to over 4,600 patients who are uninsured or under served in Haywood County.

The craft of knitting has grown into a generational pastime attracting both young and old.  While knitters were once necessary community artisans for making clothes, today’s knitters primarily enjoy the art as a hobby.

Knitting guilds have been around since the early 1400s.  Most guilds were established to improve the quality of the profession and to attract a higher paying clientele.  Predominantly male, the groups functioned with a structured apprentice system.  At that time, knitting was driven by the fashion demands of wealthy Europeans.

Today, guilds like the SMKG work together to form a bond around the craft. These men and women spend countless hours knitting socks, hats and sweaters while bragging about grandchildren or enjoying a cup of coffee.  The guild also offers classes for beginning knitters at various locations.

Throughout the year, SMKG also supports local charity, knitting hats and prayer shawls to the following agencies:  DSS, REACH, Tuscola High School, Good Samaritan Clinic, KARE, Mission Hospital preemie program, cancer centers and nursing homes.

For more information about the guild, visit their website at www.smkguild.com

Tickets for the fundraiser fashion show are $25 and can be purchased in Waynesville at Blue Ridge Bookstore at 152 S. Main St., at The Good Samaritan Clinic at 34 Sims Circle Way or by calling 246-4651.

Donda Bennett is the executive director of the Good Samaritan Clinic of Haywood County in Waynesville.

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