Artistic Students Share Creativity in Knitting Club
By RAFIA ALI and
In the interest of full disclosure, Rafia Ali and Maytha Chowdhury are members of the Knitting Club.
Knitting isn’t just for grandmas anymore! The knitting club is now one of the many amazing clubs at Midwood, packed with many artistic and imaginative students expressing their ideas in the form of knitting, felting, and crocheting.
“Knitting isn’t just ‘an old-lady thing,’ said Mozima Qayyum ’20. “The idea of creating something with my own two hands is just amazing. It’s more meaningful than simply buying it from the store. I’ve been knitting since the seventh grade, and I love creating new things.”
Qayyum said she would recommend the knitting club to other students in Midwood because “the power of creating something by yourself, for yourself, is so strong. This gives off a feeling of accomplishment, which everyone needs nowadays, to be honest.”
Josias Gonzalez ’20 said, “I like the felting part because it’s just stabbing a ball, which is stress relieving, and we get to do a lot of hands-on activities. I would recommend this club to other people because I feel like it’s a great source of stress relief, especially after a long hard day at school.”
Gonzalez believes that stress relief is important for students, considering all the work they have to do in school every day.
Sevara Mallaboeva ’19, the president of the knitting club, said, “You can be completely oblivious of knitting, felting, and crocheting. Anyone can join.”
Instructions for completing certain tasks, like the different methods to weave the yarn into different items, are taught throughout the club meetings, every Tuesday, periods 9 and 11, in room 3S.
Miao Ling ’20 said that the environment in knitting club is “friendly and comfortable” because no one is left out and everyone is involved and communicating with each other.
“All of my friends were joining, so I decided to join the club and give it a shot,” Ling said.
Diyora Mullaeva ’20 said that the club is an “innovative way to express yourself that isn’t school related. [Knitting] is very difficult, considering the fact that I’m right handed, and knitting requires you to use both hands. So instead I decided to crochet. I’ve created many cute projects while crocheting.” Mullaeva showed off pictures of beautifully crocheted hats and teddy bears.
“In the club fair, I saw lots of cute things at the Knitting Club display, and I really wanted to make something just like that of my own,” said Isha Arshid ’20. She explained that you don’t need to have any prerequisites in order to join this club. “You just need to be able to follow directions. Practice helps build up your skills, she said.”
Nisha Manahil ’20 explained that knitting, crocheting, and felting is enjoyed by many students because of how calming it is, and because of the freedom of expression given in that club.
“Whether it’s knitting, felting or crocheting, it just creates a sense of serenity in you and around you,” Manahil said. “You can work on any project you want, and you don’t have to bring your own supplies.”
Mallaboeva said, “If you’re passionate about art, knitting club is a good start because you need no previous experience to participate. You can express your creativity in any way you want.”
If you are interested in learning how to knit, stop by a club meeting Tuesdays, during periods 9 or 11, in room 3S.