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November 29, 2012 : VIDEO/PICTURES: New O.U. Lancaster Crafting Group Makes Clothing Donations for Local Shelter
- Cheri Russo
O.U. Lancaster Communications and Marketing Manager

Lancaster – Ohio University Lancaster Junior Candace Burns is part of a new group on campus and she says it's been an eye-opening experience. Burns is one of about a dozen students and faculty members that recently joined the group Yarncrafters for Lancaster.


"I saw the poster advertising the meeting and I was really excited," said Burns.


Candace Burns works on ear warmers as part of crafting group

Junior Candace Burns, of Logan, works on ear warmers as part of crafting group


Burns is from Logan and is an Early Childhood Education major. The 20-year old had never seriously crocheted before her first meeting. But this week, she finished some ear warmers.


'We're making all these things for charity and I'm really excited to make these things," said Burns. "I've learned that the yarn doesn't cost much and you can make these things for your family too."


Items group has already made to donate

Items group has already made to donate


The group plans to donate what it makes to a shelter in Lancaster. Library Director Judy Carey Nevin came up with the idea to have a crafting group at the Lancaster Campus. She loves the concept of passing on her knowledge of knitting to others on campus and donating the work the group is doing to charity.


"It's always a nice feeling to give something to somebody who you know needs it and it's helpful to participate in something in the community," said Carey Nevin. 'It's satisfying to finish something and we're all focusing on small things that we know we can all finish. It feels good to finish something and hand it off to a person or an organization who needs it."


Crafting group working over lunch in Brasee Hall

Crafting group working over lunch in Brasee Hall


Carey Nevin said the group is slowly growing and she hopes to continue to see more students, faculty and staff members at the meetings.


"I did this at Otterbein when I worked there and it was really fun," said Carey Nevin."There are a lot of crafty students in our population and they like to help people who need it.'


One of those students is Burns, who is now more "crafty" than she ever realized.


'At first, I got really frustrated. But, once I got going, I got better," said Burns."I'm really looking forward to the projects we do in the future."


If you are interested in joining the group, email Carey Nevin at