By Judy Tacyn
Ten years ago, friends Teri Kepner and Lyn Clapp answered a meet-up ad seeking knitters and crocheters in the hopes of creating a stitching group. The crafty friends stopped into a former Borders bookstore at Marley Station Mall, liked the group and brought more friends. Over the past decade, meeting locations have changed, and members have come and gone, but the group, now the Anne Arundel County Sit & Stitch, is more active than ever.
“We primarily knit and crochet, but most of us are multi-crafters,” Kepner said. “Some of us are quilters, some are painters. Some create pottery, some create with multiple media. We are just all-around crafty people!”
The group meets Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm and 8:00pm, and Saturdays from 9:30am to noon in the café at Lauer’s on Edwin Rayner Boulevard in Pasadena.
“We also like to go on field trips to local yarn stores and yarn fairs,” Kepner added, “so if we’re not at the store, we’re most likely on a field trip.”
The Sit & Stitchers often take on projects where the knitters will all knit the same thing, such as the exact hat or sweater. Some members make hats, blanket squares or blankets for charities.
“Everyone is welcome to work on whatever their heart desires,” Kepner said. “People are also welcome to come ask for help with a project, or even receive help with learning to crochet or to knit. We have quite a few experts who are more than willing to help others.”
Meetings might include three to 20 crafters, and members are welcome to attend as their schedule allows. Members come from all over Anne Arundel County, including Pasadena, Severna Park, Arnold, Glen Burnie and Waugh Chapel, and occasionally the Eastern Shore. Friend and family duos are common in the group.
When asked how people can join, Kepner said that’s easy. “All you have to do is show up at one of the meetings,” she said. “If you’re timid about doing so without contacting someone first, we have a Facebook group called Anne Arundel County Sit & Stitch.”
As for showing off their creations, Kepner said, “We’re all much too modest to do something like that. But we do crank out amazing projects, beautiful articles of clothing, some plain but some with amazing color work. Everyone should come check us out.”
For more information, email Kepner at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Anne Arundel County Sit & Stitch Facebook page.