Calling all crocheters to a good cause

A group of crocheters are hoping to get a few more hooked on their hobby.

The small group of women recently began meeting at Café Rivista in Silverdale to crochet with the hope to form a local chapter of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA). But there’s just one thing they need — more crocheters.

Beth Boshears and Anna Horn started the group and are active members of the guild. They meet from 3-5 p.m. every Wednesday at the café with an open invitation to anyone who enjoys crochet to join them. With just three more people willing to join the CGOA, the dream of a local chapter can come to fruition.

“Some of the things we hope to do as a guild are to donate crocheted objects to our local neighbors in times of need or comfort, as well as teach and share our knowledge with those who would like to learn,” Boshears said.

By joining the CGOA, the group will be able to operate as its own non-profit organization. The group plans to collaboratively work on crocheting blankets to give to those in need.

“As the group forms, we hope to find a cause to donate the blankets to,” Boshears said.

She does have one cause in mind — Common Ground — a support group for those who are raising their relatives’ children, mainly grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

“What the people (allegedly) did in Port Orchard was a horrible thing to do to those kids, but that’s the exception,” Boshears said. “There are a lot of good grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and many go unnoticed.”

Common Ground is offered by Compassion Ministries on Wheaton Way in Bremerton and just started earlier this year.

“I love the idea (of donated blankets),” said program developer Karen Randall. “These grandparents are really stretched in many different ways. I thought it was really neat and wonderful and I was really surprised.”

But Boshears stresses that this is just one of the projects that the group has in mind. They also would like to teach others how to crochet, especially children.

“Making people smile, that’s what it’s all about,” Boshears said.

She adds that crochet has become more popular in the last few years and it’s not just for older women.

“Crochet has taken off like crazy,” she said. “It’s the only craft you can do with just a hook and string. It’s so calming. It’s order, it’s turning a big mess into order.”

The group has already collaborated on their first afghan which can be seen hanging inside the café. There also is a basket of yarn containing the colors of the current afghan project alongside brochures about the group. For more information call Boshears at (360) 509-9866 or (360) 830-3360 or stop by Café Rivista from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesdays.

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