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The new Knit and Crochet Club provides a safe and creative place for students to express themselves

The club meets every other Wednesday after school in English teacher Kristen Huang’s classroom

A new club has recently caught the attention of students, the knitting and crocheting club. This new club centers around activities that are a good way to pass the time, keep students’ hands occupied and learn an easy new hobby.

Junior Gillian Szymczak, the president of the club, explains how she fell in love with crocheting.

By Quin Peters

“I could bring it with me everywhere,” Szymczak said, “I am a wrestling manager and I do theater and sometimes we have empty space [that] it’s good for. It’s compactable and easy to carry around everywhere you go.”

English teacher Kristen Huang, the sponsor of the club, describes Szymczak’s dedication to crocheting and how the club came to be.

“[Szymczak] is the one who started it,” Huang said. “She is always crocheting and showing me stuff and I was like, ‘you need to teach people [how] to do this’ and she came back with a plan to have a club.”

Szymczak had many ideas for the club and the environment she wanted so everyone was comfortable with sharing ideas and creating what they wanted.

“I want to have projects that they want to make and that’s easy for beginners, but also fun for advanced people too,” Szymczak said. “Also take up ideas and build on that, like having a safe place to have safe ideas and make [what they want such as] more plus size [clothing] and be able to make it as they want and make sure it will fit the person.”

I want to have projects that they want to make and that’s easy for beginners, but also fun for advanced people too.

— Junior Gilllian Szymczak

Huang describes the meeting as a comfortable group that has people of all skill levels.

“It’s a nice, comfortable group; we’ve only met a couple of times so far, but I think it’s pretty relaxed,” Huang said. “There’s some people in there who already know how and some people who are learning.”

Huang also describes the goals that the club eventually wants to achieve, such as bigger projects that would be used as donations.

“[Szymczak] would like for us to get to a point where we can do something that we could donate, like baby hats to a hospital or something like that,” Huang said.

The club plans on meeting every other Wednesday in Huang’s classroom, A201. Everyone is welcome no matter the skill level. Szymczak and the others members are already excited to get started on new projects.

“We’re going to [start with] little projects,” Szymczak said. “Next meeting, we’re going to make hats. Then the next meeting we’re gonna make granny squares which we will use to build a blanket together.”

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Barron Fox, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Barron Fox’s first year on the JagWire staff. He is looking forward to learning more in depth about designing, writing and photography. He is also involved with the musical, the play, Model UN, Youth for Refugees, debate, forensics and 4H. Barron enjoys hanging out with friends, gaming and cleaning. Barron is currently working at Pegah’s as a host and loves it! Barron is excited about this upcoming year and being a part of the JagWire staff.
Quin Peters, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Quin Peters’ first year on the JagWire staff. She will be exploring the roles of writer and designer for the newspaper this year. Outside of school, Quin crochets, reads, writes creatively and is involved in art. Quin is a member of several clubs at the school, including National Art Honor Society, Youth for Refugees, Women’s Empowerment, Scholars Bowl, Creative Writing Club and Model UN.
Avery Clement, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is Sophomore Avery Clement’s first year on the JagWire staff. She is looking forward to learning about designing, writing and photography for the JagWire. Outside of journalism, Avery enjoys watching movies, crocheting and thrifting and reselling clothes. She also works as a gymnastics coach at Pinnacle gymnastics. She is a member of Youth for Refugees and Women's Empowerment Club and is also in Model UN. She is looking forward to a fun year on the JagWire staff.

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