For the last 12 years the South Cheatham Public Library in Kingston Springs has been a resource for serving the community not only by providing information, study tools and good reads, but also by offering good deeds to meet many needs.
Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. a group of women gather at the library for “Knit Us Together,” where participants knit or weave items for charitable causes that impact South Cheatham County and beyond.
“I see it as a support group for women where knitting and crocheting just happened to occur,” library director Janet Walker said with a laugh.
Among the items created are hats, scarves, and shawls for charitable organizations that include Meals On Wheels, the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, the Ark Community Resource Center in Pegram, as well as a number of churches.
“The original members of the group are Joan Evans, Jane Crosby, Mary Jo Smith and myself,” Walker said. “There’s usually maybe six or seven of us but it varies.”
The group has made red hats for the American Heart Association, as well as red newborn hats for the American Red Cross. Hats are also being made for Meals On Wheels.
“Every baby born in February has a red knitted hat to wear for heart health awareness,” Walker said.
Walker said that some of the yarn for the group is donated and that leftover yarn from projects is also used for the Christmas projects. The owner of Kingston Springs business Ewe & Company often helps with supplies for the group.
Walker said that Elke McLeroy at The Ark requested 100 scarves for Meals On Wheels this Christmas.
There is also a prayer shawl ministry for local churches, where a shawl is prayed over by pastors to give to those who’ve faced a death of a loved one, an illness and other special needs.
One of the newest members is Jan Crowder, who worked at Haywood Elementary School in Nashville, a school that serves over 700 students from 30 countries.
At Haywood, Crowder wrote a letter to a Nashville newspaper, winning a contest that would benefit many of the children of refugees at the school.
“In the letter I talked about how the kids had come from countries with a warm climate,” she said. “I invited community to donate blankets. I can remember the cafeteria was packed at Christmas.”
Crowder said the experience helped her fit right in with the library group of knitters and weavers.
Another new member is Sue Gazell, a new library staff hire. Gazell’s primary focus for a recent gathering was spinning wool into thread.