Unique hobby on display

WEST MILTON — Ever heard of the hobby “hooking”? It has nothing to do with fishing, but is more along the lines of crocheting. See Laura Fitch’s collection of hooked items, from rugs to pillows, on display now at the Milton-Union Public Library.

Fitch began hooking when her husband was stationed for 15 months in Korea. She was trying to find a hobby to do while he was away, and kept at it long after he came back.

“It’s therapy,” she laughs.

It’s also a way to honor those she loves, such as the pillow she made from an original pattern, depicting a woman baking a pie. The pillow was designed to commemorate her late mother, who was famous for her pies.

Although Fitch uses stock patterns as well, she says she loves to play with color and draw her own patterns.

Sometimes Fitch even dyes her own wool when she’s using alpaca fibers (she says it’s “fuzzier” than sheep’s wool.)

Here’s a couple more fun facts about hooking:

• The wool threads are called “noodles”

• Noodles come in different widths. The finer the width, the harder the hooking and the more detailed the final product.

• They are pulled through the fabric with a “hook,” which looks similar to a giant needle (Fitch has one on display at the library).

The display will be up through January. Milton-Union Public Library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton and is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.