Historical society offers free knitting workshops

The Wilton Historical Society will offer free Saturday knitting and crocheting workshops for anyone 10 years or older.

The 3–4:30 p.m. classes on Jan. 11, 18 and 25 will be taught by certified Craft Yarn Council instructor Marietta Douglas.

Ms. Douglas, a 54-year-old needle arts and piano teacher from Cos Cob, has been knitting and crocheting for “decades and decades,” she said.

“I learned how to knit when I was eight and I taught my mother how to crochet when I was 10,” said Ms. Douglas, whose wrist warmers and cowls have been sold in the historical society’s gift shop since November.

Ms. Douglas said she, Wilton Historical Society Director Leslie Nolan and Program Coordinator Katherine Demo originally planned on hosting one knitting, one crocheting and one embroidering class per month, but decided to host the three workshops focused on knitting and crocheting.

As far as turnout, Ms. Douglas said she doesn’t know what to expect.

“I have no idea how many people might show up,” she said, “but hopefully a few.”

Attendees are asked to bring size 10 knitting needles or crochet hooks, as well as size four to five bulky yarn. People of all skill levels are welcome to attend and enjoy some cider and homemade cookies while learning to make yarn creations.

“For beginners, it’s best to start them with scarfs, but it’s OK if anyone comes to the workshop with a pattern they need help with,” said Ms. Douglas. “I’m open to showing people how to do almost anything with yarn.”

The historical society is at 224 Danbury Road. For information, visit wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257.