Hilltop Spinners gathers for Christmas meeting

CASSADAGA – Recently the Hilltop Spinners met at the Cassadaga American Legion Hall for their annual Christmas meeting and luncheon.

During the occasion, some were spinning, some knitting but everyone was singing Christmas songs.

The Hilltop Spinners is dedicated to keeping alive the old art of using spinning wheels to make yarn.

The group was formed in 1978.

Its members come from southwestern New York, northwestern Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.

Nanette Knappenberger of Westfield is the president of the organization.

Spinning wheels were used on ships to make the yarn for sails, and at homes for making clothes. Wool is sheared from the sheep, washed and combed, and then spun into yarn.

“It is the twist of the fibers which gives the yarn strength,” said President Knappenberger.

There are many kinds of spinning wheels, but the twist is the important factor in making yarn on any type of wheel.

The Hilltop Spinners meets at various locations on the second Saturday of the even months. They also meet during the Chautauqua County Fair and patiently explain their craft to any interested fair visitors.

The next gathering of the group will be in Youngsville Pa., at the Rouse Estate on the second Saturday in February.

New members and visitors are always welcome.