Nena Allen, an art teacher at St. Martin’s Episcopal school, started the club for students in third through eighth-grade a few months ago.
The club meets from 3:15 to 4 p.m. and Allen said anyone, no matter their skill level, is welcome to attend.
But if one is picturing a quiet sewing circle, think again.
“This is not a typical ‘knit one, purl two’ crowd,” said Director of Communications Christina Mimms. “They have bowls of candy to snack on, play Katy Perry music while they work and of course, they enjoy some social time, too.”
Allen said she tried to start a knitting club at previous schools she worked at, but it took the interest and enthusiasm of her students at St. Martin’s to get it going.
“This spring, I noticed a ball of yarn in my student, Tyler Morgan’s, backpack,” Allen said. “In his fourth-grade art class, we just finished a fiber arts unit and he knew the basics of knitting but wanted to learn more. Tyler knew another fourth grader, Ann Ellis, who also knitted, so these two students became cofounders of the first St. Martin’s knitting club.”
Allen said after making signs promoting the club, she was surprised to see about a dozen students, ranging from third to sixth-grade, ready with their knitting projects the following Tuesday evening.
She said her next step, in order to expand the club, is to incorporate community service projects such as knitting scarves to be donated to a homeless shelter and crafting pillows for cancer survivors.
Allen said she feels students can learn basic skills while creating a community atmosphere in the club.
“Knitting helps students with basic tasks like tying a proper knot and learning to sew a button, but the real reward is being a part of a fun, evolving community of great kids,” she said.
For more information about the club the school, visit www.stmartinschool.org.