Who we are….. A wonderful group of ladies who share an interest in and love for knitting and crocheting. Our Story….. Our group came together as a result of the parish's small group initiative, so we have been meeting for a little over a year. We are an eclectic group of experienced and (mostly) inexperienced knitters and crocheters. Parishioner Regina Roach is our patient leader and teacher. We started out learning the basics, progressing from dishcloths to baby hats. Under Regina's guidance we undertook a service project, “Click Purple for Babies”, an awareness campaign about Shaken Baby Syndrome, in which we knitted/crocheted (with a lot of help from other parish and community friends) more than 350 purple baby hats to be distributed during the month of November to Mercy Medical and Aultman Hospitals. We have now progressed to individual projects, making gloves, socks, sweaters, and scarves. But it is not just about the knitting and crocheting. It's about the fun and friendship that we share at our meetings and social events and the common bond of our Catholic faith. When we meet….. Two times a month on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. (several members serve as hostesses on a rotating basis) AND between the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses on the 2nd Sunday of the month in the social hall Our invitation….. The group is open to all women of the parish. Don't know how to knit? Not a problem! Most of us didn't when we started! Come and learn! Contact….. Regina Roach 330-323-5272
Most of 2020 and to date 2021 has been a challenging time of social distancing. In spite of the hardships attached to eliminating, or limiting get-togethers, the Knitting and Crocheting group at SS Philip and James Church managed to keep themselves busy working on the following projects. 1. On Pentecost Sunday, May 30, 2020 SS Philip & James Church welcomed its congregation back to attending Mass in person. To welcome attendees back, the Knitting and Crocheting group made prayer squares. Each square was safely packaged and included an uplifting reading from Romans. There are still some left in the Chapel of the church if anyone would like to pick one up or take one to someone. 2. In 2020, unlike in years past, the group did not actually settle on one project. Collectively we made and distributed 5 quilted baby blankets, 55 hats, 4 scarves and 7 lapghans. Seeing as shopping was not possible, this helped many people clear out their cupboards, commonly called a stash.
In 2021 we have had two very generous women from Canal Fulton donate large quantities of yarn. Many thanks and prayers to them.