Spinning Yarns coming to libraries

Through its Spinning Yarns: Telling Tales about Textiles program, the Anoka County Library will explore how they’re made, the materials they’re made with and the stories they tell.

“With the resurgence of knitting and handcrafts over the past decade, textiles are still a vital part of our culture,” said Anoka County Library Board Vice President Cathy Montain.

“Learn about yarn from fleece to finished object.”

The library will host several programs as part of the Spinning Yarns series.

• Spinning Yarns – there will be demonstration and discussion of spinning techniques Saturday, Jan. 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Johnsville Library, 12461 Oak Park Blvd, Blaine.

• Knitting Crash Course – Learn to cast on, start a first knitting project and information about yarn from fleece to finished project Saturday, Feb. 9, 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Northtown Library, 711 County Road 10 N.E., Blaine. Bring size eight needles and worsted weight yarn in a favorite color.

• Narratives: Knitting History with Minnesota Stories – learn how knitting is part of Minnesota’s cultural fabric and see artifacts from historic collections Monday, Feb. 11, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Crooked Lake Library, 11440 Crooked Lake Blvd, Coon Rapids.

“When you start thinking of the way textiles weave through our everyday lives, it’ll make your head spin, pardon the pun,” said Anoka County Commissioner Robyn West.

“This class will definitely give anyone a new appreciation for this art.”

The programs are open to ages 10 and older. To register for these free events, visit anokacountylibrary.org or call a neighborhood library.

This event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.