The clicking of needles and laughing of familiar friends can be heard every Friday afternoon.
Yarn with many different colors turn into intricate designs and interwoven garments, all at the discretion of the needle holder.
Wildcats with Sticks: A Knitting Club is a one-year-old addition to the long list of clubs offered on campus. Sophomore Jenny De Moss, president of the club, said she enjoys teaching other students the art of knitting.
“Knitting is so lively if you’re with a group of people,” De Moss said. “The stitches bring you together.”
Knitting is not something freshman Kelly Hungerford ever thought could be used as a way of serving others. She enjoys getting together with everyone and loves the versatility of knitting.
“You can knit anywhere, not just at the meetings,” Hungerford said. “It’s a service club with a twist.”
The focus of the club this year is to get involved in service projects in which people or animals are in need of warmth.
The first service project was with the Warm Up America! Foundation. The club has been knitting7 inch by 9 inch squares to sew into afghans, De Moss said. The finished products will be donated to families and newborns who need blankets.
The second service project took place overJanuary Term. The club did a joint event with Linfield’s Informed CHOICES Friday Night Live and the Women’s Issues Group. The club also assisted other students in making scarves for the local Head Start Program, which is geared toward educating young children.
Last year, the club made blankets for the people of Madagascar after the country experienced severe flooding and extensive drought. The group completed one full blanket and is working on two others.
Possible future projects for the group include making cozy creations for the Yamhill Food Bank or donating blankets to local animal shelters.
The group is serious about starting to make mittens for injured bears in Asia. According towww.AnimalsAsia.org, the panda bears are mistreated and kept alive to surgically obtain body parts sold on the Asian black market.
Freshman Tiffany Ross found the Web site about the bear project while browsing online.
“The mitten project is great for the group because it is simple to do,” sophomore Sarah Poppino said.
The club members are excited to get started for the new semester and want to add new group members.
“We are open to men, women, people who crochet,” De Moss said. “Anything that has to do with yarn, fiber or string crafts.”