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July 17, 2013

Kitsmiller keeps kids stitching at CTHC’s crochet camp

DUNCAN — Kaylee Foster, 9, of Duncan, was apprehensive about taking a crochet class.

“I’ve never crocheted before and it’s very fun,” she said. “At first, I thought it would be boring but as I got into it, I thought it was cool.”

Foster was one of six students of various ages taking on the challenge of crochet at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s Crochet Summer Camp this week.

Neva Kitsmiller, who was instructor, showed the students several basic skills and will spend the week helping them with their projects.

“I taught at Fame Academy for five years and I love doing it,” Kitsmiller said.

Foster said that it helped to have a great teacher like Kitsmiller.

Debby Whitehead, who came from Lawton for the class with her daughter Meagan, had a similar opinion of Kitsmiller.

“I look for stuff for my kids to do so they won’t get bored and I thought I we could take the class together,” said Whitehead. “It’s been a lot of fun so far and it’s nice to have a good teacher who has lots of patience.”

During the first part of the week, the students worked on crocheting the top part of a kitchen towel. Kitsmiller said if they finish those, the class may work on making an additional project.

“I think the little ones may make bracelets and the others may make the ruffle scarves that are popular right now,” said Kitsmiller.

“I’m thrilled to be here. I was concerned about the little ones because I haven’t ever taught people that young — but they’re doing great.”

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