By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,Staff Writer | August 31, 1993
Valley Forge, Pa. -- It began five or six years ago: Barbara Lande can't say exactly when. The pastime became a passion, the diverted now possessed. In this, she was not alone.In a hotel ballroom the knitters sat, a new breed of conventioneer, packing their woolly desires in canvas totes, wicker baskets and quilted bags resting at their feet. Many came to share their own personal stories and the techniques they have relied on. Most hoped to learn from the experts and specialists, each similarly hooked -- by a ball of yarn and a pair of needles.
January 9, 2014
These groups meet regularly. Adams, Hanna, Moore Memorial Post 156, American Legion - Third Thursday, 7 p.m. VFW Post 7472, 4225 VFW Lane, Ellicott City. Edward A. Hall, commander, Post 156, or 410-340-7892; John Horan, post adjutant, or 410-696-2343; or . Central Maryland User Group for Windows - Third Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. East Columbia Branch library. 301-774-0331 or . Columbia Knitting Group - Third Monday, 7 p.m. Panera Bread, 6345 Dobbin Road, Columbia.
By Melissa Grace and Melissa Grace,Contributing Writer | June 5, 1995
For an hour every week, sixth-graders at Burleigh Manor Middle School set aside reading, writing and arithmetic and take up homemade knitting needles and skeins of yarn.The 11- and 12-year-olds at the Ellicott City School have been creating squares for afghans since November. The lap-sized warmers will be given to Howard County's retirement home residents to fulfill the community service requirement for graduation from a Maryland middle school.The knitting itself takes place during their "discovery period."
By Todd Karpovich, For The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Coppin State men's basketball coach Fang Mitchell has preached to his players this season that they are most effective when they can get everyone involved in the offense. As a result, Mitchell, who is in his 27th season with the program, wants to see his team finish at least in double digits in assists each game. In Wednesday night's matchup against crosstown rival UMBC, the host Eagles executed that game plan perfectly to take control late in the first half and eventually cruised to a 91-71 victory.
December 11, 2005
The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will hold a meeting of its knitting circle, a casual social group for people who like to knit and visit, at 7 p.m. Dec. 22. Participants should take their own supplies. Instruction is not offered. Registration is not needed. The group is to meet again at 7 p.m. Jan. 26. Information: 410-313-5577. Seniors book club to gather Jan. 4 The Glenwood library's Western Howard County Seniors Book Club, known for its lively discussions of contemporary fiction, will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 4 to discuss Light on Snow by Anita Shreve.
By Fay Lande | March 31, 2003
Their hands are filled with colored yarn: filmy pink, eggy yellow and white, thick, warm turquoise, beige or maroon. The 20 women seated around long tables turn it all into lap robes for nursing homes, or tiny caps for babies so small you wouldn't believe they could live. "This is God's work," said Betty Roberts, who coordinates the women's knitting and crocheting group at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center. "We take blankets [to Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center] because when they get people on their feet and started again, that is their going-away present.
By Shayna Meliker and Shayna Meliker,SUN REPORTER | June 13, 2008
Nine-year-old Lyta Gallant puts her knitting before her chocolate brownie. And she loves chocolate brownies. Lyta, a student at Hammond Elementary School, learned to knit at the 100th meeting of Columbia Sip and Knit, an open-invitation knitting club for beginners and pros alike. But surrounding her weren't the usual suspects. There's Dorothy, the library science teacher, Maura, the engineer, and Adrienne, the construction project engineer who comes to the meetings so she can talk to women.
Karen Thiem and Cindy Jones, owners of All About Yarn in Columbia, met in 2002, at a practice for Special Olympics basketball. The women soon discovered they had a lot in common. Both lived in Columbia, and both had daughters with special needs. And both liked to knit. "We would sit in a corner and knit and talk," Thiem recalled. "We've both been knitting since we were 10 or 11." One thing they discussed was what the future held for their daughters. "We talked about what are we going to do with the girls," Jones said.
By Marie Gullard and Marie Gullard,Special to The Sun | March 28, 2008
When the daily grind of a busy career got in the way of Susan Wolcott's dream, it was time to make a decision. Five years ago, she left her Fairfax, Va., job in corporate health care and headed for the hills of Washington County in Western Maryland. "I took a total risk," said Wolcott, 56, "but for me, it was not about the money." It was about pursuing, along with her sister, a viable knitting business that includes organized stitching getaways, an online pattern company and a retail store in the front two rooms of her 18th-century house in Funkstown.
By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Sun Reporter | November 1, 2007
Artist Laure Drogoul totes her "portable apparatus for orchestral knitting" in an old, white suitcase. Inside are 12 balls of yarn leading to 12 knitting projects. At performances in Baltimore and New York havens for contemporary craft, Drogoul's device connects knitters to one another, and by way of her soundboard, to a galaxy of domestic harmony. If you go Sabrina Gschwandtner reads from her book KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects from Knitting's New Wave and will introduce Laure Drogoul, who will perform her "Orchestral Apparatus for Musical Knitting" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Atomic Pop, 3620 Falls Road in Hampden.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Sarah W. McCardell, a Govans homemaker who happily cared for her 10 children while teaching them lasting values and enduring life lessons that she imparted with love, humor and grace, died Friday of a stroke at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 89. "My mother was a wonderful person, and I feel it was fortunate that we had my parents living with us. She was not just my mother, but one of my best friends," said a daughter, Margaret Ellen Clemmens of Stoneleigh.
September 7, 2012
For many years, Grandmother Catherine Bellis, a lifelong resident of Catonsville, has been knitting scarves for the men living at the Westside Shelter and needy families in both Baltimore County and Baltimore City. I have been the recipient of her labor of love for the distribution of these items. Many men, women and children have been a little warmer on cold winter days because of her kind heart and desire to help those in need. Unfortunately, at 101 years young, her eyes are no longer able to keep up with her desire to help.
By Jessica Anderson and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2012
Members of the Baltimore region's close-knit swimming community were reeling Tuesday from the death late Monday of Alec John Cosgarea, 17, a varsity swimmer at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills and a competitor for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. According to police, the rising senior was driving north on Greenspring Avenue about 10:20 p.m., approaching Highview Drive, when he lost control of his car and it left the roadway and struck a tree. He was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma, where he died, police said.
By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | February 9, 2004
Anne Hawkins' knitting warms twice. Through the broadcasts of Howard Dean's scream and the New Hampshire primary returns, in movie theaters, on road trips and in her Catonsville living room, the 77-year-old woman knits nubby sweaters, soft blankets and stylish scarves to sell at Baltimore's Woman's Industrial Exchange. For the past 12 years, she has signed over every check for her work to charity - most recently the Fuel Fund of Maryland, which helps the poor pay utility bills, and Beacon House, a nonprofit organization for women and children in Washington.
By Helen Jean Burn | December 6, 1991
THERE WERE six of us in my living room that winter afternoon -- five girls, all juniors at Catonsville High School, and one older woman. She was our Sunday School teacher and had been a missionary. But this wasn't a religious occasion; we met once a week at various homes to chat, have refreshments and knit.That afternoon we drank tea to soft radio music, nibbled my mother's Scotch shortbread and listened politely while Miss Carr told us about her travels. Her favorite country was Japan, where she and her brother had lived for 20 years.
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