Yarn Tamers

Yarn Tamers is an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and outside community members to spend a relaxing hour working on yarn projects, meeting new friends and colleagues and socializing.  Newcomers are encouraged to stop by and join in the fun. 

Yarn Tamers was organized in Fall of 2003 when two staff members approached the Luann Dummer Center for Women and asked if the Center would sponsor and promote a knitting/crocheting group on campus.  The group has continued to meet in the Women’s Center on a weekly basis. Each year the group works on a service project with materials funded by a small grant from the Luann Dummer Center for Women.  Previous service projects have included knitting and crocheting baby caps for the Save the Children Foundation and knitting and crocheting squares that are sewn into afghans which are donated to shelters for women and children like Alexandria House in Blaine, Our Lady of Good Counsel Home and to UST’s University Relations Office to include with their donations for a family they adopted for the holidays. 

The 2012 service project continued the work started last year.  A UST community member donated 3 hand-made afghan blankets and a prayer shawl that were donated to Sarah's...An Oasis for Women in St. Paul. Members of the group knitted or crocheted squares for one large adult-sized afghan blanket and they were sewn together by member Dede Hering and donated to Alexandra House in Blaine. Member Susan Anderson-Benson created a child-sized afghan blanket for Alexandra House as well as donated hat, scarf, and mitten sets to children participating in the Shop With a Cop program in her local community. A big "thanks" to everyone who helped with the service project! If you continue to make squares, please drop them off at the LDCW and we will use them for next year's service project.   

There is a story about the group and this year's service project on Tommie Media. A special thanks to reporter Emily Dehart for taking an interest in the group and giving us some new exposure on campus!  

Yarn Tamers meets during the academic year on Tuesdays from noon-1:00 pm in OEC 103, the Luann Dummer Center for Women.  During the summer months, the group meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays and, weather permitting, sits outside near the library. 

Everyone is welcome!  If you knit, crochet, quilt, or participate in any other type of yarn or needle craft, you are welcome to join this group.  If you do not work on any yarn craft, you can still come for the social time or to get some pointers from other crafters.  There is no formal registration; those who are interested can just show up at a meeting.  If you have any questions, please contact the LDCW (womenscntr@stthomas.edu).