10th Annual Knit Out and Crochet Too Event
10th annual Knit Out and Crochet Too event
By Darla J. Fanton, crochet designer and teacher
Sherry Yarger, who had started the Always in Stitches chapter in 2007 had seen an article about a national Knit Out and Crochet event the Craft Yarn Council held at the Mall of America. She hoped we could do something similar, on a much smaller scale, of course!
So how do you organize an event like this? We started by finding a location. The Tigard Library had been enthusiastic about having us create a crochet display during National Craft Month, so we approached them about using their Community Room. They were more than welcoming and offered to help advertise the event.
As a crochet guild, we had members who could teach crochet, but we also needed teachers for those who wanted to learn to knit. The Tigard Knitting Guild said, “count us in!”
We needed crochet hooks, knitting needles, and yarn. We contacted Coats and Clark and explained what we were planning. A generous donation of Red Heart yarn and Susan Bates hooks and needles soon arrived.
Door prizes are always fun, so we approached local yarn shops for donations, the national guilds offered free one year memberships, magazine and book publishers sent donations, and a grocery store donated bottled water – we were ready for the big day.
Would anybody come? Yes, they did! And they have continued to come every year since! Some come to learn to knit or crochet. Some already know how but come for help on a current project. Some come just to enjoy knitting and crocheting with like-minded individuals.
Over the years one of the constants has been a display area for finished crochet or knit items so those people waiting for an open spot at a teaching table can see some of the fantastic items they can make with their new skills. This year one of our members created a display poster of her favorite charity, Blankets for Baby Rhinos. I think we will see more posters highlighting favorite charities at future events! The Knit and Crochet community just seems to attract generous people!
If you are interested in creating a similar event in your area I would encourage you to start by looking for a local chapter of the Crochet Guild of America or The Knitting Guild Association and jump right in. When I asked some of my fellow chapter members why they participate every year, the answers were some version of “because it is so much fun”!
If you live in the Portland area and are sorry you missed us this year, I’m fairly certain we will be back at the Tigard Library next August!
Our chapter will also be busy this year preparing for Chain Link 2018, the education conference sponsored by the Crochet Guild of America. We are very excited that it will be in Portland, July 25-28, 2018. Keep an eye on www.crochet.org for additional information as we head into 2018.