The mad hatters

Boulder Mountain Fibre Arts Group give out free hats to children who come through the Exhibit Hall at the NT Fall Fair every year

Adrina Allen proudly shows of her hat given to her from the Fibre Arts Group.

Adrina Allen proudly shows of her hat given to her from the Fibre Arts Group.

The two dozen members of the Boulder Mountain Fibre Arts Group meet weekly, knitting and crocheting up a storm of hats every year, hats that they give out free to children who come through the Exhibit Hall at the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo.  This year they gave out 334 hats, up from 260 during last year’s fair.

Among the crowd were several exchange students from Spain, Korea and Japan, who seemed extra pleased to receive a winter hat.  It was amusing to see them texting back home right away to tell about it. The youngest recipient to get a hat this year was a two-week-old baby, and the eldest were the TRU students.

At their location in the Exhibit Hall, this group always has a large display of the many other items that the members make, along with a digital screen with a continuous loop of photos take of the hats given out at the previous year’s fair.  Several people who received hats last year stopped by this year to watch until their photo turned up on the screen.  Many youngsters made interesting comments about their growth since last year.

The Boulder Mountain Fiber Arts Group does weaving, spinning, knitting, crocheting, and several other fiber works.  They meet weekly at a home, and cannot accept more members. However, on Tuesday nights starting Sept. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m., they will be meeting at the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre (the Ridge), where they will welcome new members.  There is a nominal drop in fee to help cover the cost of renting the room.  They can teach you and help you with your fiber projects.

For more information about this group and the projects they are currently working on, contact Mariel Dewey at 250-672-5686, or Linda Casey at 250-672-1056.