News From Harlingen, Texas
Knifty Knitters More than Just a Hobby
10/04/2019

Harlingen, Texas– Let me tell you about a group of remarkable ladies I had the pleasure of meeting at the Harlingen Public Library on a recent Wednesday morning.

 

I was there to take a few pictures but after walking in to the conference room I knew something special was happening.

 

A group of ladies sometimes dozens sometimes just a handful gather every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to knit and crochet.   To say they are talented wouldn’t do justice to their creations.  Blouses, hats, dresses, scarves, vests, table runners, dolls, you name it and I’m sure they can do it. And most of what they make they donate.

 

The group has been meeting at the library for about ten years now and they are very receptive to new members.

 

Cuqui Christiansen looks forward to the weekly gatherings.  She’s been retired for some years now and her children are grown and on their own so for her, it’s more than a chance to just knit.  “Groups like this, it’s good for us the older people to get together and socialize.  We make new friends, it’s a beautiful group.  And then when we finish at 12 we go eat.  We choose a restaurant and go out to eat before we go home.”

 

She learned the craft from her grandmother when she was a little girl living in Mexico.  Today she like all the Knifty Knitters enjoys passing it on to anyone willing to learn. In fact, this summer they held a knitting class for youngsters as part of the library’s summer events.

 

Janie Rodriguez, also retired, has been the group leader for about eight years.  She taught herself to knit and crochet with books.  “They bring their projects and I help look for the stitches in the books and then make copies for them.”  She says no one in the group knew how to knit with a loom so she bought a book and learned that too.

 

Oneida Saldivar says the beautiful things they create out of yarn still amaze her.  She also picked it up when she retired from the City after 25 years of service.   And while she knows how to use the hooks she likes the loom better.  On this particular day, she was teaching a new member how to make a hat on a loom and she put me to work too.  She has high hopes that I will be able to pick it up.  I do too because I’ve already been to the craft store a few times.

 

There is no charge to join the Knifty Knitters Group.  Anyone interested simply has to provide their own supplies.   The group accepts new members and all you have to do is show up.  Janie says, they’ll help you any way they can.

 

Meantime, the library staff is planning a night class for youngsters in the very near future.  The class will be for beginners who want to learn the fundamentals of knitting/crocheting.  Anyone interested should contact the library for more information at 216-5821.  Adults wanting to attend the Knifty Knitters gatherings on Wednesdays simple have to show with their supplies.  You can find these amazing ladies in the conference room at the Harlingen Public Library every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

 

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