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Crochet Anyone? SBU Campus Gets ‘Yarnified’

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Stony Brook’s Crochet Club, Undergraduate Student Government and the Campus Beautification Committee teamed up for a crochet event on the Staller Steps. Photos by John Griffin and Ellen Cooke.

With a slight leftover chill in the air, the sky cleared to bright blue, the sun shone strong yellow, and upbeat music played as crocheters crocheted a rainbow of colorful creations on the Staller Steps March 22. 

The event was a joint endeavor between the university’s Crochet Club, Undergraduate Student Government (USG), and the Campus Beautification Committee (CBC) where students, employees and even Wolfie joined in the fun. Some participants were definitely experts in their own rights, while others learned the most basic “chaining” technique that starts with a ball of yarn, a crochet hook and a simple slip knot. 

YarnificationJackie Garber ‘24, a program coordinator for the Office of Student Life in USG, said, “This event was only possible with the amazing work done by the Campus Beautification Committee, Crochet Club, and the students who donated their beautiful pieces. It’s still surreal to see people from all corners of Stony Brook come together for this first-of-its-kind event.”

Garber credited Emily Chen, the Crochet Club’s secretary, with coming up with the idea that “evolved into a larger project involving three campus groups. We’re so excited to see where yarnification will go in the future and how beautification on campus will continue to improve!”

YarnificationSaid CBC member Chris Tanaka — who was crocheting up a storm — “Crocheting is something I do when I need something to do with my hands and/or distract my mind. It’s the ultimate fidget for me.”

The assistant director for Finance and Administration, School of Professional Development added, “The best part is when you’re done you have a stuffed animal, gloves, hat, scarf, blanket or, in this case, a contribution to a larger project. It’s nice to look at the final product and say, ‘I did that!'”

There was also a scavenger hunt, hot chocolate, lots of laughs and camaraderie to boot.

The end result: a ‘yarnification’ success story that’s now beautifying our university. You can find projects adorning the balcony of the building that adjoins the Staller Center, the big red chair by the Student Activities Center (SAC), the railings outside East Side Dining, and bike stands and umbrella poles across campus.

Find out about more beautiful CBC projects and partnerships, take part or suggest your own.

— Ellen Cooke

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