Young Knitters Discover a Decades-Old Wool Festival
When the festival begins Monday night, there will be something for everyone — an old-fashioned knitting circle, a new-fangled yarn-dy-da session, a class on handspinning, and more.
“I enjoy knitting, but I always thought it was for kids,” says Nancy D. Davis, who co-founded the festival with a friend. Now 66, Ms. Davis lives near the festival and has been attending it for years.
“I’ve been knitting since I was 12. I taught myself,” she says.
The festival is held in the town’s Old Main Courthouse, where the old Town Hall stands, and includes all sorts of events.
“There are two knitting circles, so there are young and old,” says Miss D. “There is an information table about knitting.” Visitors can sign up to do a class in knitting or can just enjoy a walk through the museum. There is also a free movie screening in the courtroom, which is being prepared for the festival.
The movies include “The Knitting Bee,” “Silent Movie,” and “The Yarn Cowboy.” The yarn show is in The Old Wool Shed.
If you like to knit, you’ll want to plan to attend the festival, which is open from 10 to 5 p.m. each night.
The festival is free, but the yarn show and all events are $5, and a $5 donation is appreciated to the festival.
The festival continues through Aug. 28 and welcomes all who enjoy the old-fashioned crafts. The Knitters of the Town Hall are also seeking donations for the museum, which is open after the festival through Sept. 10, and the museum is always looking for donations. Call (405) 824-1490 for more information.
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