Cheryl Zeh moved to the Bangor area from Sacramento, Calif., six months ago, and she brought with her a passion for knitting and new idea to share with area knitters. She has organized the Pine Kneedlers Knitting Guild. The inaugural meeting was held Dec. 3 at the Bangor Public Library.
“I’m over the moon about getting the guild started,” Zeh said.
The not-for-profit group now meets 6-8 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Bangor Parks and Recreation facility, 647 Main St. The next meeting will take place tonight.
Zeh said she belonged to a knitting guild in Sacramento and “thoroughly enjoyed it.”
But when she got to Maine, she discovered that the nearest knitting guild was in the southern part of the state and “too far to get to” from her home on Chemo Pond near Eddington.
Zeh’s vision for Pine Kneedlers is to do charity knitting, have show-and-tell sessions, bring in expert knitters and designers to share tips and information, and for members to learn from one another. She also wants to organize weekend getaways for knitters.
Zeh said she learned to knit when she was 8 years old. “I had a wonderful mother. She taught me to read by age 3, and she exposed me to the arts and fine food. I taught myself to crochet when I was 15. Then in my 20s I quit knitting in favor of crochet. I rediscovered knitting in my 30s. Knitting connects me with my mother,” she said.
Zeh does charitable knitting for Afghans for Afghans, an organization that knits warm garments and blankets for those displaced by war in Afghanistan; caps for premature infants; items for Warm-up America; and caps for those undergoing chemotherapy.
She also loves knitting socks.
“It’s like meditation,” Zeh said of knitting. “Knitting is so relaxing — and you end up with something. And the camaraderie of sitting around with other knitters — there’s nothing like it.”
Since coming to Maine, Zeh has discovered the Friday Fiber Friends group that meets at 1 p.m. Fridays at the Page Farm and Home Museum on the University of Maine campus. That group, she said, is encouraging her desire to learn to spin.
Knitting guild members may participate as little or as much as they wish in monthly programs to increase skills, knit for charity, offer and receive support and advice for knitting projects, or serve as an officer of the guild, Zeh said.
The cost to join the guild is $18 a year. Several benefits of membership include a monthly e-mail newsletter, use of the guild lending library, advance notice of workshops presented by the guild and a discount on workshop fees. Members also are entitled to vote in business matters at monthly meetings and in elections at the an-nual meeting, giving them a voice in how the guild is run.
“Knitting,” Zeh said, “is a lifelong education.”
For more information, call Zeh at 843-6909, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.pine-kneedlers.org.
ä Laurie Scott will conduct her second annual National Make-A-Blanket Day for Project Linus 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at The Cotton Cupboard Quilt Shop, outer Broadway in Bangor. Quilters, knitters, crocheters and others are invited to drop by and help with the project.
Project Linus supplies “security” blankets to children undergoing life crises, such as illness, violence or displacement due to events beyond their control.
For more information, call Scott at 848-5595 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ä Librarian Christy Coombs is at it again. After a hiatus of a year or so, she is organizing the Bangor Public Library’s third Fiber Arts in the Library exhibition set for 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the library. More than 30 artists will be on hand to demonstrate what they do and share tips and stories.
Participants will include those with skill in rug hooking, knitting, embroidery, historic doll costumes, Japanese embroidery, felting, spinning, silk painting, quilting, weaving, rug braiding, cloth doll making, crocheting and rag rug making. Information about the Shawl Ministry also will be available.
ä WomenHeart, an organization the advances women’s health, will hold its Champions Recognition of Red Scarf Project at noon Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road in Bangor.
Help WomenHeart build a tree of red scarves to be distributed to women heart patients.
The cost of the event is $12 and includes lunch. RSVP by Friday, Feb. 19, to Alice Page, WomenHeart coordinator, at 852-7456.