Have you ever wondered what sort of interests and hobbies DCPL employees pursue in their spare time? Well, many of us enjoy making art and creating crafts of all sorts. You can see stellar examples of these at DCPL’s annual Employee Art Expo, now in its third year. Pieces on exhibit include photograpy. drawings, and needle work of all kinds. The display is up through November and many of the pieces are for sale. Proceeds from items sold will go to the DeKalb Library Foundation.
I will be participating in the Expo this year with a few knitted and crocheted pieces. I love both forms of needle work and regularly try to carve out some time to devote to one or the other. Are you interested in learning to knit or crochet? Do you already know how but want to expand your needlecraft horizons? If so, DCPL can help.
If you’re a beginner at crochet, consider Simple Crocheting: a complete how-to-crochet workshop with 20 projects by Erika Knight. Each project will teach you a particular stitch or technique. Projects range from simple hats to laptop cases and lace. For a more exhaustive reference full of instruction and fun projects ranging from easy to complicated, try Crochet-opedia: the only crochet reference you’ll ever need by Julia Oparka.
Brand new knitters and knitting veterans alike will find an invaluable reference in The Principles of Knitting: methods and techniques of hand knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt. This book has long been considered the authoritative manual on knitting technique. It has also been long out-of-print up until last year’s newly revised release. If you are interested (as I am) in color theory and how it applies to knitting, don’t miss The Alchemy of Color Knitting: the art and technique of mastering exquisite palettes by Gina Wilde.
Finally, for an excellent guide to needle work of all kinds, take a look at Michael’s Book of Needlecrafts: knitting, crochet & embroidery edited by Dawn Cusick and Megan Kirby. I have owned a copy of this for a number of years now, and I use it often.
Some branches of DCPL also offer free needle craft classes. At Decatur, Crochet Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month. All skill levels are welcome. Every second Saturday, you can join the Creative Expressions Crocheting Group at Covington between the hours of 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Bring your current project to Clarkston on November 16th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for a meeting of the Knit and Crochet Club. The meeting is open to the first 15 participants but you must contact the branch to register.