MASON — It began as a craft class at the Mason library, but has become so much more.
When library clerk Susan Petry asked Vicky Nazarewycz to teach a crochet class several months ago, she was hoping it would entice some women to get out of the house once a week and learn something new.
Forward to this week and the group of ladies, calling themselves “Binding Friendships” is now paying their newfound crafting forward. The women are donating baby afghans they have made to the Pleasant Valley Hospital nursery. The blankets are made in wave, shell and other patterns, in all colors of the rainbow.
Petry said the name of the group comes from the ends of the yard that must be bound together at each row on the afghans. The crafting isn’t limited to crocheting, however.
While members Sharon Lovins, of New Haven, and Bev Roach, of Letart, continue to crochet, Petry knits. Another member, Brenda Nollge, of Mason, makes mats out of plastic grocery bags. The mats are given to the homeless to keep them off the wet, hard ground.
“It’s just getting together for an hour or longer each week to do something we like,” said Petry. “It’s having girlfriends to get with and talk.”
Roach added it is something offered at the library in addition to the kids’ programs.
Lovins and Roach said while they could do basic crochet stitches when they first came to class, Nazarewycz taught them different designs and how to read patterns. Now, Lovins watches shows on PBS to pick up new designs.
Petry said anyone can join the group, which meets on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Those interested can bring any craft project they are currently working on.
She added she hopes to bring Nazarewycz back in the fall to teach another crochet class. Anyone interested in teaching other craft classes can contact Petry at the Mason library location.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.