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Children and adults alike enjoy finger knitting

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By Deanna Godman

One of the first SOS classes this year was Finger Knitting, taught by Edith Judd and Polly Pennington, with help from Mary Trice. There were 18 attendees. Finger knitting uses the hand instead of knitting needles to create a scarf. The scarf can also become a rope.

Vonda Martin, coordinator for the Youth Service Center at the middle and high school, brought her 5-year-old daughter, Brynnen, to the class. Brynnen made her scarf with minimal help from her mother.
“This is the first SOS class we’ve done,” Martin said. “I thought it was something my niece would enjoy. When she couldn’t come, I brought Brynnen. I’m just glad they’re offering something like this.”
“I like the colors,” Brynnen said of her red and navy blue scarf.
Diane Englert also attended her first SOS class. She learned about them last year, but it was too late to sign up for classes, so she waited all year to get to participate.
“I love yarn stuff and I didn’t know what finger knitting was,” said Englert, when asked why she chose to take this class. “I learned how to make something cool. I bet I could teach my grandson how to do this.”
Leigh Stratton learned about the class through her mother, Donna Forg, who has taken basket weaving SOS classes in the past. She decided to take the class because she likes to crochet and knit.
“It sounded like fun and it was fun,” said Stratton. “It’s something I can do with my spare time.”
Carol Herndon was looking for something to do in her spare time, too.
“I needed something to do with my hands,” said Herndon. “It was a lot of fun. I want to go home and do it again.”
Judd said finger knitting can be done with as few or as many strands of yarn as the user would like. More strands will make the scarf bulkier, but it will also make the knitting more difficult.
Penny Burns chose to take the class because she saw the finished project at the SOS planning meeting and wanted to try the portable craft.
“I’m not typically a sewer, but this wasn’t hard to do,” said Burns. “It would be easy to teach my nieces.”
Pennington said she learned the craft from Judd who learned last year from a woman at church. They often come up with several crafts to show the planning committee and agree to teach the ones the committee thinks would be popular.
“It’s just an old craft you don’t hear of anymore,” Pennington said. “Children can do it as well as people who can’t crochet or knit the other way.”
If you are interested in learning to finger knit, contact the Spencer County Extension Office and leave a message for Edith Judd or Polly Pennington.  Detailed directions can also be found in the book “The Creative Family” by Amanda Blake Soule.
The upcoming SOS classes are Couponing 101 on March 23, Canning on March 24, Beading on March 24, Kitchen Angel Craft on March 29, and Flower Gardening on March 30. If you are interested in any of these classes, contact the Extension Office at 502-477-2217 to sign up.