Southington Sassy Skeins group finds knitting, crocheting therapeutic 

Southington Sassy Skeins group finds knitting, crocheting therapeutic 

The Southington Public Library continues to  host two weekly gatherings for those who knit and crochet.

The group meets on Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and on Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m.  It is open all, regardless of the level of expertise.

The gatherings have been held for a year and and a half and draw about 10 people each session.

“Not too many people like both,” Margaret Dionne said. “Given a choice, I’m going to pick crochet.”

Dionne, who has been knitting for about 62 years, is one of two mentors for the group. She said crochet tends to be a little easier. Knitting requires using two needles while crochet uses only a hook.

The group has knitted and crocheted sweaters, scarves, socks and blankets. They have donated 50 items to a charity, including homeless veterans.

They also crocheted water balloons for children. Dionne said there’s no clean up and they are reusable.

The members believe it can be good for children to learn how to knit or crochet.

“They should incorporate it in afterschool programs,” said Laura Lynch, the other mentor of the group. “It can help with children’s creativity.”

Almost all who were in attendance Thursday agreed knitting is therapeutic. Dionne said it calms you down.

You can contact the group on its Facebook page, Southington Sassy Skeins.

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