Sturbridge knitters share creativity, fellowship

Published Wednesday, August 11, 2010
STURBRIDGE – Do your Friday nights entail colorful bundles of yarn and countless knitting needles?

Continental knitting.

Well, maybe it should.

Hosting Friday night get-togethers, the Mountain Laurel Yarn Boutique at 440 Main St. bursts with creative people stitching together useful and innovative pieces.

Knitting and crocheting are the time-honored crafts being shared at these every-other-week events, according to Helen M. Duda, the boutique’s owner.

“This time is used to relax, talk and work on our individual projects,” Duda said. “It is an energetic group with many kind hearts. Everyone is willing to share their patterns or a new skill.”

Approximately 12 people attend the Friday night sessions, and they would enjoy having more.

Women make up the majority of the group; however, a couple of men have thrown their knitting needles into the ring as well.

“I grew up watching my mother knit,” said Robert Foster. “Now I’ve been knitting for about a year and a half. I find it relaxing after working all day.”

The crafts provide a portable outlet for amusement and creativity, Duda said. You can take it to an appointment, in the car, it really can go anywhere, she said.

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Donna M. Craven travels from Staffordville, Conn., to attend Duda’s Friday night group, she said.

“This group provides a great time, with kind and talented people,” Craven said. “I’ve been knitting for some time now, and finding like-minded people who enjoy it as much as I do is a blessing.”

It is not only the people making these meetings a popular hit, said Michelle S. Foulis. The schedule and lack of required attendance make it all very convenient, she said.

“With a job, children and everything else on my plate, this group gives me a time to run away and relax with some great company that I didn’t even have to cook for!” Foulis said.

Many of the group members work in the nursing and education fields and find knitting and crocheting to be soothing.

“Knitting is therapeutic for a number of people,” Craven said. “I can’t sit still and watch TV, but I can sit still and knit.”

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