Knitting for a cause

June 19th, 2015 9:28 am

First Posted: 10/14/2014

Over the past two years, hundreds of hats have been made by the knitting group at the Dalton Community Library and gifted to patients at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, according to the group’s leader, Andrea Jones, of Factoryville.

The knitting group members meet at 1 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at the library to work on current projects, share patterns and ideas and learn from each other. In addition to the hats for cancer patients, they also recently began making prayer shawls, which they deliver to hospice and nursing home residents.

Jones enjoys every aspect of knitting, but one thing she likes most is being able to help others through the art.

“I personally get a lot of pleasure out of giving the hats away,” she said.

Marlene Cours, of Dalton, also finds the charity gratifying and enjoys being a part of the group.

“Everyone is very nice,” she said, “and it’s very calming to come together and knit for a few hours. It’s fun to get out on an afternoon and knit.”

She added Jones is a good teacher and she learns a lot from her and the other knitters. She enjoys seeing what everyone else is working on each month and trying out new patterns and ideas they suggest.

The group welcomes new members of any or no experience level.

“We’re happy to teach new people,” Jones said, “and help people who need help.”