A crochet club in Texas is appealing for members to help grow the group and spread yarn skills in the community.
The Copperas Cove Herald reports that the Senior Crochet Club is down to a regular number of four people, who each meet weekly at the Copperas Cove Senior Center to indulge in their favourite hobby.
Long-time member Christa Jones told the newspaper that she joined the club when she retired five years ago to meet like-minded people and brush up on her crocheting.
“I’ve always liked crocheting, but I never had the time before. The club is also a good way for me to socialise with others,” she added.
Shirley Anderson, who joined a year ago, agreed and said: “It’s a good chance for us to talk and spend time with one another. Sometimes, other people join us, but it’s usually just the four of us.”
The group was first set up by Martha Deaton, who was approached with the idea of starting a crochet club many years ago, after staff at the senior centre noticed that she had a real knack for crocheting and wondered if she would be willing to teach others how to do it.
She now teaches the right-handed people, while seven-year member May Keeton tutors those who are left-handed.
Ms Deaton said that while there are social benefits to the group, they also “make a lot of nice things like doilies, bedspreads and tablecloths”.
While most of the members work on their own personal projects, items made for charity are also high on their list of priorities. The group has, in the past, given handmade blankets to hospitalised critically ill children across the country, as well as for a local pregnancy centre and the homeless community.
By swelling their ranks they are hoping to be able to do more charitable work.
Ms Keeton said: “We’re interested in starting that up again if we get some more regular members.”