The Williston Community Library is kicking off a new club to give crafters in the community a place to create, learn and share their knowledge.
"Whenever we start something new, our first thought is 'Is there a need in the community?'" said Andrea Placher, director of the Williston Community Library. "A patron actually came to me and asked me about hosting this event, and when a patron comes to us, we know there's an interest and a real need."
From there, Placher created Off The Hook, a knitting and crochet club that will meet twice a week at the library, beginning Wednesday.
"People who either know how to crochet and knit, want to learn how to do it, or just need a space to do it can come together in the library and just feed off of each other," Placher explained. "So we wanted to start this thing so that crochet and knitting nerds can unite!"
Placher said other libraries in the state have similar clubs, and wanted to be able to offer the same service to the Williston area. She added that the hope is to create a community where people can come work on their existing projects, get help and advice from others and even entice other to pick up a new skill.
"I'm a crocheter myself," Placher said, "But I don't know how to knit a stitch, so I'm hoping this will give me the chance to meet some people who can pass their skills along."
Off the Hook will begin meeting this Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Placher added that since the group is brand new, the times and days may change dependent upon what works best for those participating. The weekly meetings are open-house style, so those interested can come any time and stay as long or as little as they prefer. Even if you're new to crocheting and knitting and just want to try it out, Placher said the library will have a small supply of materials for those wanting to try their hand before making the plunge and purchasing their own supplies.
"We'll have some 'starter kits' for folks who aren't quite committed enough to purchase anything yet, but they want to give it a try," she said. "Mainly we'd just like to encourage people to get involved. You don't have to be an expert, anyone can come no matter what skill level they have."
Off the Hook is open to all ages and abilities, and there is no cost to attend. Placher said the library has a large supply of instructional materials for knitting and crocheting, and that YouTube tutorials will also be shown for those who need additional help.
"It's a great thing to keep you busy during those long, long cold winters," she said. "And it's a perfect budget-friendly hobby to have."