On the weekend, among other activities was crochet time at the Stettler Public Library on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 25 as crochet enthusiasts gathered around to start on new projects or continue with their old ones.
Led by Crystal Friars, assistant manager of the Stettler Public Library, the crocheted blanket and yoga socks that Friars had made were reasons enough for anyone to learn the craft.
As Friars whipped up a granny square in minutes, she said, “I learnt this when I was six and have been hooked on to it forever.”
With her mother being a crocheter and her grandmother too, Friars said that she was hand-picked to be taught by her grandmother from all the other 14 grandchildren that she had.
“I love teaching crocheting to people who want to learn, I think that I got that from my grandma,” Friars added. “And the library gives me the perfect opportunity to give everyone a chance to learn a skill that can help you be creative, relax and express yourself at the same time.”
According to Friars, the library has had a great response to Crystal’s Crochet Club, which is open to anyone, irrespective of age.
“It’s open to all skill levels, from beginners to advanced, it really doesn’t matter because I’m always learning all the time too,” Friars stated. “It’s just a reflection that the library is a place to embrace life-long learning. Once you’ve learned the basic stitches you can make almost anything from Afghans to doilies, hats to sweaters, and socks to stuffed animals.”
Friars said that the craft is so versatile that once it is mastered, there’s a lot that can be done with crocheting and that’s why she loves it so much.