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Crochet club preps for holidays

Sue McMinn is working on this yarn-knit blanket for Christmas. It is two-thirds of the yule-tide Santa Claus chuckle. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

Sue McMinn is working on this yarn-knit blanket for Christmas. It is two-thirds of the yule-tide Santa Claus chuckle. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Jean Kingsley learned to crochet a year ago. Now, she uses strips of recycled plastic bags to knit totes and small purses. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Sue McMinn is part of the Crochet Club, which meets weekly at Headquarters Library in Jonesboro. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Holding their certificates of achievement for completing their first-ever crochet projects are Robin Gordon (left, back) and Dorothy Mouton (right, front). (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Sue McMinn is part of the Crochet Club, which meets weekly at Headquarters Library in Jonesboro. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Dot Dorsey teaches new members of the Crochet Club at Headquarters Library in Jonesboro. The club has grown significantly over the past year. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

JONESBORO — The rich green and red yarns scattered about the table are indications ladies are preparing for the holidays. They meet every Tuesday, packing into a corner of the Clayton County Headquarters Library.

They found their niche there as the Crochet Club, which is fast-becoming a local favorite among groups that meet at the library.

Their stories are regularly told in the local newspaper, where their happy faces are shown concentrating on the next stitch.

It is an interesting pastime, said Jean Kingsley, who joined the club after seeing it featured in the newspaper.

“I had never known how to crochet but I’ve always wanted to learn,” said Kingsley.

She began knitting a year ago. Dot Dorsey, a founding club member tasked with teaching the clubs’s newbies, taught Kingsley proper techniques for crocheting.

“She’s a great teacher,” said Kingsley, who has graduated to using various materials other than yarn to crochet.

She said she has learned to crochet with plarn, using strips of recycled plastic bags as yarn. She creates tote bags and purses that are nearly as strong as industrial materials used to make commercial totes. They even look and feel like store brand product.

Kingsley said her newfound hobby has allowed her to investigate new ways of crocheting through research and speaking with a growing community of fellow crochet hobbyists.

“We’ve even had men in the past,” she said. “They have learned how to make socks and caps. Anybody can come who has never learned how to crochet.”

She added those who already know the skill are also welcome.

The Crochet Club meets every Tuesday, from 10 a.m. until noon, and the first and third Saturday each month, from 10 a.m. until noon at Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro. For more, visit www.claytonpl.org.