When 11-year-old Abel Mauricio heard about a class happening upstairs at the Tyler Public Library, he told his mother he wanted to check it out.

Abel and his mother made their way to the third floor of the library and signed in for a weekly crocheting class with Kris Kirst.

“It’s for anybody, it can be children to adult,” instructor Kris Kirst said. “They can be a novice or an expert. All ages and everybody is welcome.”

Of the ten attendees July 22, some had never picked up a crochet hook, while others had decades of experience, but were eager for the opportunity to learn new techniques.

“I learned from my mom …,” Ms. Kirst said. “She kept putting (off teaching me) and putting it off and I asked her to teach me how. On one of our camping trips she had a really tangled up ball of yarn and she told me if I could untangle it she would teach me.”

Kirst said she was 11 at the time and has been crocheting since. She is a former editor for The Needle Craft Shop, where her duties included breaking products down and making patterns to recreate them.

The free weekly class takes place at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Internet Center Workroom near the computer lab.

The group is currently working on an afghan for an upcoming library fundraiser.

For more information, call 903-593-7323.

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Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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