Area group of knitters plies craft to help the needy

CLYDE – Knifty Knitters of Clyde is to celebrate its seventh anniversary Jan. 22. The group meets twice a month to socialize and share progress with members’ projects.

The meetings are 9 a.m.-noon the first and third Tuesday of every month, year-round, at the Clyde Public Library.

Members of the group knit, crochet, loom knit and make hairpin lace. They enjoy helping those in need by making handcrafted hats, shawls, afghans, lap robes, mittens, baby sweater/hat sets, stuffed animals and scarves. The projects are a way for them to enjoy their crafts and help others at the same time.

Members are from all walks of life, from young mothers to grandmothers to great-grandmothers.

One hundred percent of the items are made from yarn donations from the community. Those contributions have made it possible to keep warm thousands of needy people.

During 2012, Knifty Knitters of Clyde made 1,438 items that were donated to Bellevue Hospital; Fremont Memorial Hospital; North Coast Cancer Center, Clyde; Compassionate Ministries; Arbors of Clyde Nursing Home; Norwalk Food Pantry; Clyde Food Pantry; Liberty Center of Sandusky County; Night Night Program (exchange club); Heartbeat of Fremont; local cancer patients; citizens; Clyde Elementary School; Mc Pherson Middle School; Fremont Dialysis Center; Ohio Veterans Home, Sandusky; Ecumenical Sharing Kitchen, Tiffin; Mercy Tiffin Hospital; and Community Hospice.

People who would like to be part of the group or want to learn how to knit/crochet, are welcome to join. No registration or supplies are required.

Yarn donations are always needed. Donations can be dropped off at the Clyde Public Library during business hours.

For more information call the Clyde Public Library at (419) 547-7174 and ask for Nelcy Elder.