Knowledgeable knitters knock out projects

Thu, 01/15/2009 - 5:28pm
By: Ben Nelms

Knowledgeable knitters knock out projects

They are just slightly off most people’s radar. But perhaps not for long. Nestled in a corner of Espresso Lane Coffee Shop on the courthouse square in Newnan Monday night a group of nearly two dozen knowledgeable knitters known for having a knack for knocking out needful projects held their customary weekly knit-in.

Actually, it was more than a corner. The lively group corralled the entire front portion of the coffee, tea and pastry shop, creating endless wonders for themselves and for the smallest, newest members of the Coweta community. You see, among other projects the Coweta Knitters are the sole power behind the Baby Hat Project, making sure every baby born at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, that is about 700 babies each year, goes home with a freshly knitted hat. Also off the radar of the most discriminating and fashion conscious adults, the baby hats with their soft texture and stimulating colors are the cat’s meow of the newborn set. The group also participated in the “Traveling Sock” project traversing the world to become the record holder for the world’s largest sock.

Like so many of the knitters in the group, spokesperson Maggie Rickenbaker said she began knitting as a child. And from the look of her work, it would seem she never stopped.

All things considered, Maggie and the Coweta Knitters appear to be women on a mission. And what a mission it is.

“We’re the biggest, best-ist, fun-est group of knitters in the Southeast,” Maggie said with a smile and a chuckle of the group’s three years of efforts. If all are in attendance for a knit-in, the group swells to 34 members.

The Coweta group’s members hail from Newnan, Sharpsburg, Grantville, Sargent and Fairburn.

And they are part of a loose, or perhaps, tight-knit consortium of knitting, crocheting and handspinning groups located in Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Dunwoody, Decatur and Atlanta.

Coweta Knitters meet every Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Espresso Lane Coffee Shop located at 22 West Court Square in Newnan.

To find out more about the Coweta Knitters please contact Maggie Rickenbaker by phone at 770-583-3948 or by email at

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