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Northwestern STEM Professors Love to Crochet; Bringing Several Items to Festival

Dr. Mary Riegel and Dr. Jenny Sattler are both passionate about crochet in many forms and will have several of their creations in a booth at the Nescatunga Arts Festival on June 4.

Riegel is an associate professor of mathematics at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and Sattler is an associate professor of physics. These two also have offered workshops to help others learn how to crochet. When these friends attend an event, whether sports or the arts, they most likely can be seen crocheting, as they support their students in their extracurricular endeavors.

They make crocheted scarves, hot pads, kitchen scrubbies, facial scrubbies, two-handed pot-holders, and washcloths, all in varying colors.

They also create triangular shawls and afghans. Some of the afghans created by Sattler have been shipped to veterans in need.

Riegel has sewn a number of oversized child/baby blankets in many colors. The 42-inch blankets have two sides of flannel with crochet edging. She also has created a number of child and throw-sized quilts.

She makes seasonal wall/door hangings and coil bowls of varying sizes and colors. She works with beeswax and has made luminaries and candles. She also creates bars of soap and has made handles for tumblers from paracord.

A more recent addition to their assortment of items are crocheted “water balloons.” These items are reusable and can be washed for endless fun on a hot summer day. Just soak, throw and repeat.


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