Sharing Time and Talent: The Library's Caring Crafters

The following article is written by Barbara Patchett.   Barbara is currently a member of the library staff and coordinates all Caring Crafters projects and donations.   Each week we will focus on one of the projects with instructions so that during your time at home you may create some items for people in need. Once the library reopens (Covid-19), please consider joining us on Thursday mornings 10-12 or on Wednesdays from 3 -5. We would love to see you.

After moving to the Dexter area about 3 years ago, I read that there was a Thursday Morning Coffee Hour at the Dexter Free Library. I was familiar with the library as I had been a part of another yarn
group making knitted and crocheted blocks for the library’s Wounded Warrior blanket project. I started going to the Thursday morning gathering and met ladies who were chatting, knitting and crocheting various things. I asked one of my friends if she would like to come and she did. For the next few months, we socialized and everyone was knitting or crocheting. We talked about what we could do as a group to use our talents and help local organizations. We decided our group needed a name and Caring Crafters seemed to be perfect. We shared our ideas, patterns and visions and started various projects.

To date our projects have included Lap Blankets for Samaritan Keep Home; Seasonal Pillowcases for Hospice of Jefferson County; Red Scarves for the Foster Care to Success Program; Potholders and Fabric Grocery Bags for the Dexter Food Pantry; Children’s Pillowcases for the Critical Needs of Watertown Urban Mission; Cat Mats for the SCPA; and Hats, Scarves and Bandanas for the military through OperationGratitude. Currently we are working on Linus Blankets for hospitalized children.