"Basically, the idea is to encourage a love for the fiber arts in our county," said Christina Jeziniak, who recently transferred to branch manager of the Emmie Nelson Public Library in Euharlee. "Since our knitting and crocheting program were so successful at [the Cartersville branch], we thought we'd try it here."
She said projects in the Cartersville adult group are greatly influenced by group members' input and that she will help beginners with the basics.
"What I like to do is to let the people who are coming to the group sort of have their input in what we do," Jeziniak said. "Sometimes there's a particular interest in learning a certain skill, sometimes I've taken a class and I might find a technique or project idea that to me sounds like it would be a good one for the group, so I'll suggest it."
Next year also will feature a guest demonstration by local fiber artist and business owner Tina Evans as well as a youth knitting program for ages 8 to 12 and teen program for ages 13 to 18.
"Most likely what I'll do is start them off with a very simple scarf just done in garter stitch, which is when you do the knit stitch for your whole pattern," Jeziniak said.
She said patrons will need to furnish their own materials for the classes but should cost less than $10. For the materials list, contact Jeziniak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She explained the adult program as "a social gathering with instruction added."
"[Participants] don't have to feel they have to sign up, they can come when they're able to. ... It's a very warm, welcome place, the people who come are very nice and most people are happy to help with the odd questions that come in," Jeziniak said.
She said she began the program at the Cartersville branch in 2008.
"At the time because I had just recently moved to the area and I was just looking for some knitting and crocheting classes, and I didn't find I had anything available here in the area," Jeziniak said. "... The idea was, more or less, that people with a common interest could come together, they'd help each other with projects and certain techniques, because sometimes there are things you come across in a pattern and it's difficult to know what your next step should be and, often, it's very helpful to have another person there who's maybe a little more experienced who can look at it and go, 'oh, this is what you do,' and the members of the group have been wonderful in that regard.
"We all really do cherish being able to help each other, it's also very inspiring to see each other's projects."
She said an added bonus of the program is the hours.
"I do know there also are people who prefer not to drive at night so I'm kind of happy to provide them an afternoon meeting once a month at Euharlee too so they can participate as well," Jeziniak said.
Here are the dates and times of the upcoming programs:
* Jan. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m -- "From Sheep to Shawl: Spinning and Weaving Demonstration" by Tina Evans, fiber artist and owner of Dry Creek Naturals farm in Taylorsville.
* Fourth Tuesday of every month -- Stitch-N-Time from 6 to 7:45 p.m. -- evening crochet and knitting program.
* First Monday of every month -- Stitch-N-Smile from 2 to 4 p.m. -- afternoon crochet and knitting program.
* Wednesdays from Jan. 11 to Feb. 29 from 4 to 5 p.m. -- 8- to 12-year-old program
* Wednesdays from March 7 to April 25 -- 13- to 18-year-old program.
The Emmie Nelson Library can be reached at 770-382-2057.