MANCHESTER >> Every Monday morning at 10 a.m. a group of women at the Equinox Terrace Assisted Living facility in Manchester sit together on brown embroidered couches knitting a square out of yarn that will eventually be part of a larger blanket.
Thirty-two squares, seven to eight inches tall and wide, make up the afghan that the women give to every new resident who comes to the Equinox. This particular group has made over 200 blankets, but the club has been running for 12 years, volunteer Harriet Boone said.
Some chattered about the presidential election and the campaigns while others reflected on their many grandchildren and birthdays they forgot about.
One resident, Evelyn Pierce, started knitting socks for her boyfriend in college at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and continues to enjoy it.
"It makes me feel like I'm doing something important," Pierce said.
The yarn and needles for the club are donated and any leftover squares or blankets are given back to the community or to another assisted living home, for example.
Members of the Equinox community come to observe, learn, or help others by fixing stitches and crocheting the squares together. There are about five volunteers who contribute, in some way, to the knitting club.
"There's nothing organized, we just do what we want to do," resident Helen Doxsee said. "It's good to get people in here from the outside [the volunteers] too. I look forward to it every week."
Knitters of all ages progressed with their squares on Monday, including three women at or over the age of 100, who seemed to be the most focused and kept to themselves.
"It's great for anyone to use their skills and contribute to the club," Boone said. "It makes them feel important."
The observers who chose not to knit either didn't know how or preferred to do it on their own time and help others in the club with their squares.
Donations are always accepted at 324 Equinox Terrace Road in Manchester and the club is open to the community to join and learn how to knit. For more information, contact Jenn Galusha at 802-362-5141.
— Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.