by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Crafter Laura Rose knits infant hats which the web-based http://www.HYPERLINK distributes as part of their Period of Purple Crying campaign.Their numbers may increase or decrease depending upon the weather and the season – but typically, the Sellwood Branch Library’s meeting room is full of crafters two days every month.

“This is the Craft Circle,” explained volunteer coordinator Kay Cicalese, on the day THE BEE visited. “We get together on the second and fourth Sundays of every month.”

Although crafters who come could just as easily work on their crafts at home, “We like getting together because it's fun,” Cicalese told us. “Some of us have been coming here since the very beginning – about six years, now.”

In addition to seeing old friends and meeting new people, crafters also enjoy sharing new ideas, she explained.

“We do all kinds of crafts,” Cicalese explained. “Those of us here today happen to be crocheting. But, we have knitters, paper crafters, miniaturists, and those who do needlepoint – it runs the gamut of craftwork.”

These crafty companions meet from 2 until 4 pm on the second and fourth Sundays of each month at this free “circle”.

“Come and join us,” invited Cicalese. “It’s free – and all ages, abilities, and projects, are welcome!”

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