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'Pins and Needles' group fosters camaraderie

By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@h-ponline.com

A group gathers at the library on the first Monday of each month to do what they love best – crocheting.

The women are part of the “Pins and Needles” group that started at the Huntington City-Township Public Library in March 2015. 

Monday was the group’s Christmas party so they enjoyed refreshments while crocheting.

Anna Brinegar, adult librarian, said the event is free and open to anyone who knows how to or wants to learn crocheting. People can just show up to join the group.

“I think this is a good way for people who craft to meet each other, socialize and get ideas from one another,” Brinegar said.

She said she hopes they have an opportunity to meet people who share common interests.

Kay Grindstaff, Huntington, has been a member of the group since it started.

“I have been crocheting for more than 50 years and like to make things and sell them,” Grindstaff said.

She crotchets little angel ornaments, hot pads and potholders.

“It is relaxing to crotchet, gives me something to do and keeps me out of trouble,” Grindstaff joked.

She said she enjoys when the other ladies bring in items they have made to show what they have made.

Grindstaff said the ladies have become her friends and she looks forward to participating in the group each time.

Tracy Jessop, Huntington, made a bath towel with white and purple yarn for a Christmas present on Monday. She has been a member for half of this year and has been crocheting for 45 years.

“It is rewarding to crochet and complete something. I have made blankets, afghans and scarfs,” Jessop said.

She said she has learned new techniques such as crocheting cleaning pads for the kitchen and bouncy balls for children and pets.

Bertha Oswalt, Huntington, has been making items for 40 years.

“The first thing I crocheted was a granny square when I started looking at a book and my neighbor lady in her 80s would teach me,” Oswalt said.

She has created mittens, hats and socks for her three grandchildren over the years and said it is relaxing and when she completes a project it’s rewarding.

“In this group we all have things in common. We meet year round and usually have at least 10 each time we meet,” Oswalt said.

She said those who want to join the group don’t need to be experts. She said there was a girls as young as 20 who attended the group.

Trena Tucker, Andrews, attended the group for her fifth time Monday and has been crocheting since she was 14 and she now is 66.

“I like to crotchet washcloths and started them eight months ago and I have 50 afghans at home that I have crocheted,” Tucker said.

She said it is so relaxing that sometimes she falls asleep while doing it.

With being retired she said crocheting keeps her mind and fingers active.

The group meets every first Monday of the month at 6 p.m.