Knit one, purl two
There is a new club meeting at the Dodge Center Public Library and they are all about knitting. And now they are knitting for a cause.
While the group normally does their knitting on Thursday afternoons, they were at the library on a Saturday earlier this month in observance of “I Love Yarn Day.”
Several members of the group were at the library in the morning to demonstrate knitting and crocheting and to tell interested people about the DC Dorcas Society.
Sandy Orren, the unofficial leader of the group, said the local DC Dorcas Society is a new group that formed several weeks ago.
Orren explained that she used to work at a knitting shop and when she moved to the area she missed the kind of things you find at a good yarn shop, not the least of which is the camaraderie among the knitters. There are fewer of these shops these days, she said, although there are still shops in Northfield and Mankato.
When the group of like-minded women got together, they thought they needed a name so Orren suggested Dorcas Society. Traditionally, a Dorcas Society is a local group that has a mission to providing clothing to those in need.
While the group is not exclusively about the charitable nature of a Dorcas Society, they are currently living up to the name by knitting hats, scarves and mittens for SEMCAC in Kasson. Orren said that SEMCAC officials said they were specifically in need of these for children, women and the elderly and the Dorcas Society was quick to take up the challenge.
From now until Nov. 15, the group will be knitting away every Thursday afternoon at the library with plans to take the items to SEMCAC after that date. They are also encouraging other knitters in the area to knit some items and drop them off at the library.
Oren said she first learned to knit as a child when she went to a babysitter one night when her parents had to be away. She only saw the babysitter that one time but during the evening she taught her how to knit and sent her home with a ball of yarn and knitting needles.
“That’s why I give needles away,” Orren said, explaining that when she has extra needles she gives them to anyone who wants to learn to knit.
She also said she has given extra needles and crochet hooks to the library so they can be checked out like a book.
The DC Dorcas Society also has plans beyond knitting at the library, including road trips to visit knitting shops, much like quilters do.
“Keeping the world woolly one stitch at a time,” Orren said. That’s the motto of the DC Dorcas Society.