Yarncraft Guild helps students create
Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 14:01
In 2011, two USU track athletes combined their love of yarn and needles to create a club unlike other USU organizations.
“Once you start knitting and crocheting, you find that the world of yarn is a vast and exciting place,” said Ruth Hilton, a senior majoring in math and physics education and founder of the USU Yarncraft Guild.
“As we knitted and crocheted on track trips and around campus, the whole team was interested in learning how to knit or crochet,” Hilton said. “We met all together a few weeks in a row and decided it was too much fun not to let other students know about it. The rest is history.”
The name of the club has a purpose.
“There is knitting and crocheting, we didn’t want to exclude one or the other by focusing on just one,” Hilton said. “So we decided everything we do is with yarn and it is a craft. The guild part is a old folks way of saying group or club. We thought it was funny.”
The guild started in Oct. 2011 and has advertised at Day on the Quad, university events, the USU calendar and at club rush events.
“There is no price to be in the club, so we don’t necessarily keep track of our numbers,” Hilton said. “On any given week we have between five and twenty people just depending on the circumstances. It is almost always a different group of people, which makes it fun.”
Beginning, intermediate and advanced yarn crafters are all welcome at the weekly evening sessions.
“We love having beginners come,” Hilton said. “We have plenty of people who have knitted or crocheted long enough that there are so many helpers and teachers available. Nobody is just here at the sessions to finish their project, they are also here to hang out and meet people with the same interests as they have.”
Skyler Smith, a freshman majoring in environmental studies, joined the club with no experience knitting and said he has had a great experience attending the yarn craft nights.
“I heard about the club through a friend who taught me the basics of knitting and she invited me to come,” Smith said. “People are always willing to teach and answer questions. Not only do we knit at the yarncraft nights, we have good conversations and meet new people.”
Once the basics of knitting or crocheting are mastered, multitasking comes into play. Otherwise, it can be boring and the project started is more likely to not be finished or be prolonged, said Brooke Gledhill, an undeclared freshman and guild member.
Gledhill is an intermediate knitter and enjoys attending the weekly club craft nights.
“Once you know how to do it, it really is something that you don’t want to just sit down and do,” she said. “It is a multitasking activity because it becomes second nature, that is why coming for the yarn craft nights is perfect.”
On campus knitting and crocheting publicity has brought students to the yarn craft nights.
“I’ll be sitting somewhere knitting and someone asks what I am doing and they are automatically interested in joining us and learning a new hobby,” Hilton said.
For the experienced yarn crafters, it is a way to set aside a few hours a week to work on the project and have fun while doing it.
“It’s just nice to have time set aside to come and knit,” Gledhill said. “It is also great because I am still learning and there are always people here who know more than me and are willing to help me out.”
Projects vary from scarves, hats, socks, headbands and other clothing items.
“I am in the process of making my very first pair of socks,” Gledhill said. “It is the first item I have done in the round rather than rectangles. I definitely needed some help figuring out the patterns and so it was nice to have assistance. I am really excited about them and I will probably never take them off once they are finished.”
“Once you go hand knitted with socks, you will never go back,” Hilton said.
Learning how to knit or crochet can not only save money, but increase confidence level, Smith said.
“It is really nice because you can customize it however you want, it is cheaper, more fun, and it’s cool when people ask where you got something you can respond with ‘I made it,’ and they think you’re way cool,” Smith said. “I guess I could say it definitely attracts the ladies.”