Chester/Lake Almanor Knitting and Crocheting Circle convenes every other Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Chester Library. Just bring a ball of yarn and a hook or knitting needles and you’re on your way to creating an assortment of items, from scarves and knitted caps to patterned sweaters. Photo by Stacy Fisher

Knitting circle invites new members

Interested in learning or advancing your skills in knitting and/or crocheting?

All levels of experience, from those who have no idea what they are doing, to those with expert proficiency in the craft, are welcome to attend the Chester/Lake Almanor Knitting and Crocheting Circle every other Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Chester Library, 210 1st Ave. Just bring a ball of yarn and a hook or knitting needles and you’re on your way to creating an assortment of prized items, from scarves and knitted caps to patterned sweaters.

As most know, knitting or crocheting is a process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread or strands of other materials called stitches using a crochet hook or knitting needles, often used in many types of garments.

Organizer Crystal Baltzell, a resident of Lake Almanor, formed the free knitting and crocheting circle when she found out there was no such group in Chester, “so I started one.”

Baltzell said she was taught basic knitting by her mother when she was 11 years old, and much later increased her skills using online videos and from books that she checked out at the Chester Library.

The Chester/Lake Almanor Knitting and Crocheting Circle began last December she noted. Anyone attending will find plenty of experienced instruction in their quest to become better knitters.

Currently, members are working on scarves, booties, knitted hats and sweaters. But those who participate can work on any project they like.

Some join to pursue their hobby, she said, while others may want to make gifts for loved ones and friends, donate pieces or create wearable items for themselves.

Speaking of donations, anyone in the community who might have some knitting material half forgotten in the back of their closet or stored in the attic may consider donating to the group.

“Katie Kopp has done numerous craft shows and is our expert crochet person,” Baltzell said and she’s more than happy to help beginners.

Additionally, Baltzell said she’s able to help new knitters from beginner to intermediate. “And if their ability is past my ability, other members in our group can help out, too.”

The enjoyable thing about the group is “the camaraderie in having people doing the same thing you’re doing. And also it’s nice to meet new people in the area,” recalling how when she originally moved here she didn’t know anyone at all.

The atmosphere is relaxing, she said, and everyone is welcome to attend, not only women and girls, but also men and boys, and all age groups from teenagers to seasoned citizens. Members often enjoy discussing various topics as they create custom pieces, Baltzell remarked.

Chester/Lake Almanor Knitting and Crocheting Circle is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/2182697895384116/.

If you have any questions about the group, call Crystal Baltzell at 520-3952 or email [email protected].

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