The old and young find a common bond in crocheting
Instructor Nicole Ramirez, right, demonstrates how to crochet a chain for Kim Rollins, left, and Pat Rollins-Ingraham during the Stitch it Together, beginning crocheting class held at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library in Canyon County on Saturday. Dan Watson/the Signal
By Nikolas Samuels
Saturday, January 7th, 2017

For over a year, Lucila Anderson has wanted to learn how to crochet. She receives handmade items from family members and wants to be able to share that same experience of giving others handcrafted gifts.

Finally, The Santa Clarita Valley is giving Anderson a chance to learn. On the first Saturday of every month, the Canyon Country Library is offering Stitch It Together, a knitting and crocheting lesson for people of all ages.

Lucila Anderson,7, learns to finger-knit a necklace during the Stitch it Together, beginning crocheting class held at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library in Canyon County on Saturday. Dan Watson/the Signal
Lucila Anderson, 7, learns to finger-knit a necklace during the Stitch it Together, beginning crocheting class held at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library on Saturday. Dan Watson/the Signal

The lessons started in September and will continue through May.

“Some people have been coming since the beginning,” said Crochet Teacher and Young Adult Librarian Nicole Ramirez. “They will inspire the person sitting next to them.”

Every month, around 15 people bond with family members while attending the lessons.

Ramirez pointed out that knitting is a common bond that can bring together people of all ages.

One example of this was the mother-daughter combo of Rosa Oprysk and 13-year-old Elizabeth Keller, who were learning how to crochet together.

“I get to do something my mom did when she was little,” said Keller.

Yahriel Quintanilla, 7, crochets a chain during the Stitch it Together, beginning crocheting class held at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library on Saturday. Dan Watson/the Signal
Yahriel Quintanilla, 7, crochets a chain during the Stitch it Together, beginning crocheting class held at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library on Saturday. Dan Watson/the Signal

In fact, the pair is looking towards opening up a crochet business where they can sell hand-knitted leg warmers.

“There’s a lot for adults but not so many for kids,” Oprysk said in reference to making leg warmers.

Oprysk already got a head start on that business and was making her first leg warmer at Stitch It Together on Saturday.

The crochet lessons take place on the first Saturday of every month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library.

nsamuels@signalscv.com

Instructor Nicole Ramirez, standing, demonstrates how to crochet a chain for a group of beginners during the Stitch it Together, crocheting class held at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library on Saturday. Dan Watson/the Signal
Instructor Nicole Ramirez, standing, demonstrates how to crochet a chain for a group of beginners during the Stitch it Together, crocheting class held at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library on Saturday. Dan Watson/the Signal

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Nikolas Samuels

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Instructor Nicole Ramirez, right, demonstrates how to crochet a chain for Kim Rollins, left, and Pat Rollins-Ingraham during the Stitch it Together, beginning crocheting class held at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library in Canyon County on Saturday. Dan Watson/the Signal

The old and young find a common bond in crocheting

For over a year, Lucila Anderson has wanted to learn how to crochet. She receives handmade items from family members and wants to be able to share that same experience of giving others handcrafted gifts.

Finally, The Santa Clarita Valley is giving Anderson a chance to learn. On the first Saturday of every month, the Canyon Country Library is offering Stitch It Together, a knitting and crocheting lesson for people of all ages.

Lucila Anderson,7, learns to finger-knit a necklace during the Stitch it Together, beginning crocheting class held at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library in Canyon County on Saturday. Dan Watson/the Signal
Lucila Anderson, 7, learns to finger-knit a necklace during the Stitch it Together, beginning crocheting class held at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library on Saturday. Dan Watson/the Signal

The lessons started in September and will continue through May.

“Some people have been coming since the beginning,” said Crochet Teacher and Young Adult Librarian Nicole Ramirez. “They will inspire the person sitting next to them.”

Every month, around 15 people bond with family members while attending the lessons.

Ramirez pointed out that knitting is a common bond that can bring together people of all ages.

One example of this was the mother-daughter combo of Rosa Oprysk and 13-year-old Elizabeth Keller, who were learning how to crochet together.

“I get to do something my mom did when she was little,” said Keller.

Yahriel Quintanilla, 7, crochets a chain during the Stitch it Together, beginning crocheting class held at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library on Saturday. Dan Watson/the Signal
Yahriel Quintanilla, 7, crochets a chain during the Stitch it Together, beginning crocheting class held at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library on Saturday. Dan Watson/the Signal

In fact, the pair is looking towards opening up a crochet business where they can sell hand-knitted leg warmers.

“There’s a lot for adults but not so many for kids,” Oprysk said in reference to making leg warmers.

Oprysk already got a head start on that business and was making her first leg warmer at Stitch It Together on Saturday.

The crochet lessons take place on the first Saturday of every month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library.

nsamuels@signalscv.com

Instructor Nicole Ramirez, standing, demonstrates how to crochet a chain for a group of beginners during the Stitch it Together, crocheting class held at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library on Saturday. Dan Watson/the Signal
Instructor Nicole Ramirez, standing, demonstrates how to crochet a chain for a group of beginners during the Stitch it Together, crocheting class held at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library on Saturday. Dan Watson/the Signal