Local needlework group seeks new members
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:24

Knit & Stitch meets at North Point Library

by Nicole Rodman

    The library isn’t just for books anymore.
    Though the North Point Library on Merritt Boulevard still houses books, of course, it has also become a community center — hosting meetings and programs for all ages.
    While most of the programming centers around children and teens, an increasing amount of adult activities have found their way to the library.
    One such program is the library’s new Knit & Stitch group.
    The group meets each Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the periodicals section of the North Point Library.
    According to Baltimore County Public Library spokesman Bob Hughes, while library programming is generally developed in-house, occasionally, patron-generated ideas are considered.
   

“Often BCPL reaches out to another governmental or non-profit agency, and once in a while a customer walks in with a suggestion, which is always closely vetted,” Hughes explained last week.
    Enter Paula Dixon, a local needlework enthusiast who became interested when the North Point Library offered a one-time knitting class last summer.
    While unable to attend that class, she was inspired to talk to assistant branch manager Anna White about creating a weekly needlework group at the library.
    “I told her that if any of the newbies were interested in meeting regularly to please include me in the group,” Dixon recalled last week. “I left her my contact info. A few weeks later she called me and said that several people were interested in getting a group together.”
    Meeting since last October, the group now boasts between eight and 30 attendees each Thursday night.
    While there are about 10 core members, many come in for short-term assistance.
    “It is a very informal group. People come and go. Some people come just for some help on a particular project and then leave. Others float in and out,” Dixon explained.
    The Knit & Stitch group is open to anyone over the age of 13.
    Every type of needlework is practiced and, chances are, the group will include members working on a variety of projects.
    As Dixon noted, “Anyone needing help with a project will probably be able to find someone in the group who knows that skill.”
    Knit & Stitch is always looking for new members and encourages anyone interested in needlecraft to stop by.
    As Dixon concluded, “It is just a nice place to share our needlework interest with others and to make some new friends.”