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Ribbon winners! Yarn Tamers Susan, Rachel, & Laura win ribbons at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.

Yarn Tamers Reunion

Blanket donations to Alexandra House

Spring Potluck Picnic

Yarn Tamers

Yarn Tamers is an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and outside community members to spend a relaxing hour working on yarn projects and meeting new friends and colleagues. 

Summertime Schedule: In the summertime, Yarn Tamers meets on both Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon - 1 pm on the Monahan Plaza. If the weather isn't cooperating, we meet in the LDCW (OEC 103). For reminders and location updates, email Christine Balsley at bals2156@stthomas.edu, and she'll add you to the list!  

During the academic year, Yarn Tamers meets on Tuesdays from noon - 1 pm in the Luann Dummer Center for Women (OEC 103).

Everyone is welcome! If you knit, crochet, quilt, or participate in any other type of yarn or needle craft, please join us! Even 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 at womenscntr@stthomas.edu.

Yarn Tamers Seeking Blanket Squares

We are always accepting yarn squares for our annual service project where we create blankets for Alexandra House, a safe haven for victims of domestic and sexual abuse. We request the squares be 10 x 10 inch and can be knit, crocheted or woven. 

Do you sew? Feel free to come help stitch the squares together into blankets.

Socially-minded but unable to join us? No worries. Simply drop off your square/s at the Luann Dummer Center for Women, and the Yarn Tamers will be sure to incorporate them into a blanket. While we drop off a batch of blankets during the holiday season, squares are accepted throughout the year.

Yarn Tamers History & Projects

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 Alexandra 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 adopt for the holidays.

There is a story about the group and their past 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!