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Mustard Seed: A Supportive Environment

From the Fall 2015 issue of Springs of Hope:
For Sister Marie Kilcullen, knitting is a soothing challenge. “It takes patience and tenacity,” she says, “while being relaxing and forgiving.” On Mondays at 1 p.m., she and Kristin Strong, Program Coordinator, welcome volunteers and participants into the Nifty Knitters group at Mustard Seed to enjoy conversation, tea, cookies and their individual projects.
One participant, Lorraine, had never knitted before attending. “I tried to knit a scarf and it ended up a mess.” But with the group’s instruction and encouragement, Lorraine completed a scarf and a hat that she put on sale at the Mustard Seed crafts sale. “They were both sold!” she says, thanking volunteers for teaching her.
Heather is one of these volunteers. She was taught to knit at age 7 by her grandmother. “I love being here,” she says, “and giving back something that my grandmother gave me.”
Kristin Strong highlights the supportive nature of the group. “People who’ve never knitted are welcome. Volunteers will teach them how to knit, and they’ll be in an environment filled with people doing something they love.”
Sister Marie describes the many items that the group creates: sweaters, hats, scarves, blankets and more. “I love that we’re not just creating objects,” she says, “but also a community where we share what we’ve done with each other and help each other get it right.”
Ibrahim Ng
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