The following information was submitted by Lynne Rubio, readers' services supervisor at the Des Plaines Public Library.
Crochet is back. And it is not your grandma's crochet. Look around at how the younger set is bundling up this winter and you will see a lot of hand-crocheted hats, infinity scarves, and gloves. They keep the cold away, look fantastic, and let you express your personal sense of style. But hand-crocheted accessories can be expensive. A scarf made out of a $6 ball of yarn can cost $30 or more on Etsy. The same is true of the machine-made look-alikes sold at local chain stores. Learning to make them yourself saves you money and really customizes your look.
In the past, crochet skills were handed down from generation to generation. But if you don’t have anyone at home to teach you, where do you go? More and more, libraries are becoming places where people can learn by doing. From robotics to hog butchering to crochet, it’s being learned at a library.
Tuesday afternoons this February, teens and tweens can get in on the action at the Des Plaines Public Library. It’s easy, practical, and fun. Learn the basics and make an awesome project. This is a Make-it and Take-it program, so you’ll go home with your own creation: a pair of fingerless gloves. They are cute and warm and perfect for texting!
Middle schoolers, only grades 5 – 8, register for Art Attack: DIY Gloves
February 5th and 12th
4- 6 PM in the 3rd floor Heritage Room
Teens, only grades 9 -12, register for DIY Gloves
February 19th and 26th
5-7 PM in the 3rd floor Heritage Room
If you already know how to crochet and are looking for a new project, or you just want to see what fun and fabulous crochet ideas are out there, check these books out at the library: