MATTHEWS – The Matthews Yarn Crafters have been meeting at the Matthews Library since November 2016, creating dozens of knitted and crocheted hats, scarves and blankets to donate to charities across the Charlotte region.
Members have even crocheted nests for orphaned birds under the care of a wildlife rescue organization.
“It’s a lively group who share their love of reading, friendship and yarn skills,” club founder Evy Ellis said.
Many of the 17 members enjoy the camaraderie gained through their shared interests. Such gatherings hark back to the late 19th century when women would gather to knit or crochet in what were known as quilting bees.
Over the past three months, the Yarn Crafters have donated items to many organizations, including Carrington Place nursing home, Matthews Help Center, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army Center of Hope, Sardis Presbyterian Church and various homeless shelters. They once sent knitting and crocheting supplies to a school system in Belize.
Ellis said one of the biggest rewards for being involved in the club is receiving beautiful thank you notes for their donations.
“When I take them to donate, people are just awestruck by the exquisite patterns and colors of what these ladies make,” Ellis said.
Want to learn more?
Meet up with the Matthews Yarn Crafters from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Matthews Library, 230 Matthews Station St. The group is not a teaching class, so a basic knowledge of knitting or crocheting, as well as supplies, are required. Email email@example.com for details.