DIY Winter at the Library

Francis A. Gregory Library

DIY Winter at the Library

Winter is a great time to turn to your creative side.

Learning a new craft can help you beat cabin fever on those days you just want to stay in and stay warm. Try learning to knit or crochet this winter at our Knitting and Crocheting classes, held every Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Reading a book, like Getting Started Knitting by Jennifer Worick can also be a great way to learn. The library has books for all types of knitters, like Kids Knit: Simple Steps to Nifty Projects. Or for men, try Knitting with Balls: a Hands-on Guide to Knitting for the Modern Man by Michael Del Vecchio
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Crafting can also be a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Make your own decorations, gifts, and food.

Get ideas from the books in our collection, like Step-by-Step Crafts for Winter by Kathy Ross and Christmas Crafts by Fay Robinson. Our collection also has ideas for handmade holidays year round in books like Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations.
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Making gifts can also be a great way to save money. On Dec. 17, we provided supplies and ideas for making jewelry in the teen space. (This program was limited to ages 13-19.)

Some of our jewelry was made using common household items, like hex nuts. The idea came from
Hardwear: Jewelry From a Toolbox by Hannah Rogge. Other ideas for handmade jewelry were inspired by Fabulous Jewelry From Found Objects by Marthe Le Van and the December 2013 issue of American Craft. You can view back issues of American Craft from your computer by going to Zinio Digital Magazines. For help on accessing Zinio Digital Magazines, see our Guide on Accessing Zineo Digital Magazines  
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Teens will have another chance to get crafty at the library this month on Dec. 30. We'll be gathering in the Teen Space to add to a resolution tree and make resolution bracelets. 

Whatever do-it-yourself projects catch your eye this winter, come to the library to be inspired.
-- Lisa Warwick