J-Term on the university’s campus is an oasis for creative ways to hang out with friends. With students having to focus on one class daily and the weather replicating the temperature of a freezer, students opt to stay warm by being active inside. Activities range from reading books, to cooking, to watching movies and — this year — knitting.
Knitting has become a more popular phenomenon on Hardy first since J-Term. Freshman Riley Braun, who learned to knit in elementary school, was one of the students who kindled the knitting flame on the all-female floor.
“Me and Mackenzie both figured out … that we both knew how to knit,” Braun said. “It’s nice to meet fellow knitters. So we were knitting together, and people were like, ‘Oh what are you doing?’ People wanted to learn, so we taught them.”
Braun and fellow freshman Mekenzie Vachon taught most of their floor how to knit and had quit a few knitting parties over J-Term.
“It brought us together, in a weird way, because it was something that everyone could pick up and do, or at least try to do,” Caylan DeLucia, resident assistant on Hardy First, said.
DeLucia said that Hardy first hosted a Bring Your Own Yarn event over J-term which allowed residents the opportunity to be relaxed and do something with their hands while talking to each other.
“It was a weirdly unifying thing,” DeLucia said. “We all shared that bond of [being] 80 year olds at heart and 20 in real life.”
Braun stated that knitting takes a lot of time and patience, as you can mess up quite easily. Once you mess up, you then have to go back and rip out the yarn of whatever you just made and start over in order to correct the problem. As a result, she recommends you do not attempt to knit if you don’t have patience.
Over J-term, students knitted a variety of items, from full-sized blankets, to scarfs to headbands. According to DeLucia, students knitted almost every day over J-term. They were taught the basics of knitting and then they determined, by how many rows they put on their needle, what they were going to make.
Though a fun and relaxing pastime, students don’t do it as much now that spring semester classes are in full swing.
“If I had more time, I would be knitting again right now,” DeLucia said. “And maybe I’ll start something soon, because it’s nice. It was something we could pick up and put down.”
Lauren Frischman, resident assistant on Hardy Third and third-generation knitter, said knitting is “something pretty much anybody can do” if they have the supplies.
“I can do it, and I can make something that I can be proud of,” Frischman said.
Frischman said people are always looking for a creative outlet, and for others like her who are not artistically inclined, they can do something like knitting.
“You accomplish things and you actually get something out of it,” Braun said. “It’s really cool to look at a ball of yarn and know that you can turn it into something.”