Students were able to purchase a masterpiece from the Knitting and Crocheting Club Dec. 5 and 6 in the Atrium.

Elizabeth Wehren, a junior cellular and molecular biology major and president of the club, said the main focus is to help members showcase their work. However, she said it also helps the club's recruitment rate. 

"The organization gets recruitment because people [are] coming up and seeing that there is this club," Wehren said. "I don’t think it’s a super well-known fact that we have this club."

Wehren has been a member of the club for three years. Since she has joined, the club has welcomed customers to use check or cards — a decision she believes has helped profits.

“Cards specifically help because more people are going to have a debit or a credit card without ever necessarily having cash," Wehren said. “We definitely, I think, have increased sales because people don’t necessarily have to go get cash in order to buy something."

All profits from the sale go directly to the person behind the product, and while students have the option to shop on Etsy for these products, Wehren said their sale is directed toward college students.

“Many of the things on Etsy are more expensive than what we’re selling them for," Wehren said. "We’re specifically trying to sell to college students, so we’re not necessarily gonna put the prices as high as we might if we were selling to adults who are out of college, might have a little bit more money to spend."

Art education major De Shockney has been a part of the organization for one year, but she began crocheting when she was seven years old.

“It’s a good stress reliever. I enjoy it," Shockney said. "Right now I’m making little snowflakes that I’m leaving around campus and on my door. They’re there to be taken."

The snowflakes, Shockney said, are a tribute to The Peyton Heart Project — whose mission is to raise awareness about suicide, bullying and the stigma around mental health issues. She plans on crocheting flowers in the spring for the same project. 

Like Shockney, graduate student Robyn Prather also finds crocheting to help relieve stress. 

“I started because I really like arts and crafts-type stuff — it was a new activity I wanted to learn and then when I realized how calming and soothing it was, I kept doing it for my anxiety and depression,” Prather said.