KENILWORTH, NJ – At the last Yarnies meetup held Thursday August 29, the group made hats to raise awareness for the non-profit organization Period of Purple Crying. The initiative of the organization is to educate caregivers about normal infant crying and how to cope with crying and the dangers of reacting in frustration by shaking or harming an infant. Yarnies knit numerous hats to send to Farmington, Utah where the Period of Purple Crying headquarters is located.
The Yarnies program was started at the library four years ago. “I love everything about fiber arts, crocheting, knitting, weaving, and spinning” Kathleen Czarnecki, Senior Library Assistant and Yarnies coordinator said. “People were asking for a program like this for a few years. The co-creator of this group Linda Horning did a great job lobbying for this program. We received the go-ahead to host a fiber night. We created a huge display of knitted and crocheted items and we yarn-bombed the tree in front of our library. Many people attended this event, and the rest is history.”
At Yarnies everyone helps each other to learn new techniques and skills. Czarnecki teaches people how to spin on a spinning wheel or a drop spindle to create their own yarn. Participants of Yarnies are now able to do small weavings thanks to a small rigid heddle loom gifted from the Friends of the Kenilworth Public Library. The library also received a generous donation from the Ralph Errington Charitable Foundation for the purchase of a Japanese Saori weaving loom. The loom is an easy to operate two shaft loom that encourages free weaving creativity.
Yarnies is held every Wednesday from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, as well as the last Thursday of the month from 6:00 pm -7:45 pm. All ages are welcome and you do not need any crafting experience to join.