CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – With all the advanced technology now available, a hobby that requires yarn and a threading hook often goes overlooked. Just ask Horace Greeley junior Kate Rosenberg, who is on a mission to get crochet back on the map.
“It’s a lost art form,” she said.
As part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Rosenberg is hosting free crochet lessons at the Chappaqua Public Library. The lessons run from 3 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday in January and February and from 3 to 6 p.m. once a month on a Thursday for the entire year.
Having honed her craft now for nearly 10 years, Rosenberg is passing her knowledge along to others.
“How many people do you see crochet? Probably none,” she said. “I thought making an effort to spread it in my community would be appropriate for my project.”
The Gold Award is earned by Girl Scouts who demonstrate 80 hours of creative, focused service in their community. Rosenberg’s project included writing a crochet handbook filled with design patterns and instructions in addition to helping those interested in learning first-hand.
Designs in the handbook range from items as simple as a bookmark or headband to as complex as a jellyfish or hummingbird. When crochet items become three-dimensional figures, such as animals, the art form is referred to as Arimgurumi, which Rosenberg considers her specialty.
“The jellyfish is probably my favorite,” she said. “The finished project looks like it takes a lot more effort than it actually does, which is always nice.”
The apprentice has become the master, said Rosenberg, who learned how to crochet from her mother in the third grade.
“I’m probably better than my mom now,” she said. “But don’t tell her that.”